March 24, 2008

New offshore crew supply vessel

A new offshore crew supply vessel designed for international operations combines the Cheetah CrewZer high speed Class DP2 catamaran and the nine passenger Frog capsule personnel transfer safety system.

The joint effort consists of Houma, La.-based Seacor Marine’s catamaran and Aberdeen, Scotland-based Reflex Marine Ltd.’s personnel transfer equipment.

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The 165 ft supply vessel is designed to carry 150 passengers at speeds of 36-42 knots. The high capacity personnel transfer safety system is specially developed for this vessel. The Frog capsule transfers personnel from the CrewZer to the drilling rig in a protected and safe environment, while achieving a high rate of crew transfers, the firms say.

The CrewZer design provides seats like business-class in an airplane—reclining, spacious, and comfortable, with wireless internet, satellite TV, and cinema.

Source: Reflex Marine Ltd., D1 Balgownie Technology Centre, Aberdeen, AB22 8GW, UK.

Data sheet discusses underwater pig and test units

A subsea pigging unit (SPU) and subsea hydrostatic testing unit (SHU) are discussed in a new data sheet, yours free for the asking.

The SPU has the capability to filter and chemically treat flooding water while continuously regulating and monitoring the flooding and pigging operation autonomously and without the need for umbilicals or constant attendance by a support vessel.

The SHU allows hydrostatic testing operations to be completed entirely on the seabed, moving the risks posed by high pressure fluids to a location far removed from personnel.

Source: Halliburton Co., Box 3, Houston, TX 77001.