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Transport and storage of oil and gas: ships for S-shaped pipe installation F.I.M.I.

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SPECIALIZARE: S.E.N. AN: II STUDENT: Bucur F. AlexandruMarian

Contents:
Pipeline systems Pipeline installation methods S-Lay method S-Lay Method by Dynamically Positioned Lay Barges S-Lay ships Bibliography

Pipeline systems
The term pipelaying vessel refers to all possible types of such vessels, e.g. barges, modified bulk carriers, semi-immersible laying vessels etc. The laying vessel can thus either be providedwith its own propelling machinery or not. Such a pipeline can either be manufactured at sea,starting with pipe lengths welded together on a pipelaying vessel to form the pipeline as it islaid on the sea bottom, or pipe lengths can also be joined together on land into continuous pipeline units which are then transported out to the site for laying on the sea bed. This paper reviews the various methods of laying pipe with different vessels, but the main method is the S-lay. Pipelines have been the primary mode of transporting liquids and gases from subsea well sites to production facilities, between production facilities, and from production facilities to onshore facilities. For many deepwater applications, pipeline systems, called gathering lines, transport production from remote subsea well sites to surface processing facilities. These pipelines are usually small in diameter because they transport production from only one or a few wells. Pipelines may also connect a minimal surface structure at a deepwater well site to its supporting host facility. A minimal surface structure may contain well test equipment or free-water knockout equipment to remove water from the production stream. Removal of the water reduces the possibility of hydrate formation in the pipeline. The operating environment for deepwater pipelines is different from the operating environment of pipelines on the shelf. Deepwater pipelines face higher hydrostatic pressures, colder water and sediment temperatures, different physical stresses during installation, effects from loop currents or eddies during installation or operation, greater amounts or rates of flow assurance chemicals, possibly higher flow rates, greater span (length of pipelines above the seafloor) distances, rugged seafloor topography, and technical challenges to monitoring and repair operations. Buoyancy affects the pipelay process, both in positive and negative ways. In the water, the pipe weighs less if it is filled with air, which puts less stress on the pipelay barge. But once in place on the sea bed, the pipe requires a downward force to remain in place. This can be provided by the weight of the oil passing through the pipeline, but gas does not weigh enough to keep the pipe from drifting across the seafloor. In shallow-water scenarios, concrete is poured over the pipe to keep it in place, while in deepwater situations, the amount of insulation and the thickness required to ward of hydrostatic pressure is usually enough to keep the line in place. Installation of pipelines and flowlines constitute some of the most challenging offshore operations. The technical challenges have spawned significant research and development efforts in a broad range of areas, not only in studies regarding different instal lation methods, but also in the formulation and implementation of new computational tools required to the numerical simulation.

Pipeline installation methods


The most common installation methods are the SLay, J-Lay, and Reel-Lay methods. In the S-Lay method, as the laying barge moves forward, the pipe is eased off the stern, curving downward through the water until it reaches the touchdown point. After touchdown, as more pipe is played out, it assumes the S sha ped curve. To reduce bending stress in the pipe, a stinger is used to support the pipe as it leaves the barge. To avoid buckling of the pipe, a tensioner must be used to provide appropriate tensile load to the pipeline (Clauss,1998). This method is used for pipeline installations in a range of water depths from shallow to deep. In the J-lay method, the pipe is dropped down almost vertically until it reaches touchdown; after that it assumes the J shaped curve. J-Lay barges have a tall tower on the stern to weld and slip prewelded pipe sections. With the simpler pipeline shape, the J-Lay method avoids some of the difficulties of S-Laying such as tensile load forward thrust, and can be used in deeper waters. In the Reel-Lay method, the pipeline is installed from a huge reel mounted on an offshore vessel. Pipelines are assembled at an onshore spool-base facility and spooled onto a reel which is mounted on the deck of a pipelay barge. Horizontal reels lay pipe with an S-Lay configuration. Vertical reels most commonly do J-Lay, but can also S-Lay. Towing methods basically consists in weld the pipeline onshore with an onshore pipeline spread. Once the pipeline is complete and hydrotested, the pipeline is dewatered and moved into the water, while being attached to a tow vessel. It is then towed to an offshore location where each end is connected to pre-installed facilities (Silva,2007b,2008). There are four variations of the towing method: surface tow, middepth tow, off-bottom tow, and bottom tow. In the surface tow approach, buoyancy modules are added to the pipeline so that it floats at the surface. Once the pipeline is towed on site by one or two tugboats (Silva,2008), the buoyancy modules are removed or flooded, and the pipeline settles to the sea floor. The mid-depth tow requires fewer buoyancy modules, and the pipeline settles to the bottom on its own when the forward progression ceases. The off-bottom tow involves buoyancy modules and chain weights. In the bottom tow, primarily used for soft and flat sea floor in shallow water, the pipeline is towed along the sea floor Towing could be cheaper than other methods that use laybarges. Pipeline installation methods for deepwater pipelines may be different from methods used on the shelf. The J-lay and bottom tows installation methods are unique to deep water. Deepwater pipelines may also be installed using dynamically positioned lay barges rather than the traditional anchored systems. While dynamic positioning eliminates the environmental effects from anchoring, air emissions may increase due to combustion of fuel to power positional thrusters. No known further development work or commercial use of the technique of laying pipe offshore from reels was carried out after World War II. After a hiatus of about fifteen years, research into the reel pipelaying technique was renewed and was carried on by Gurtler, Herbert & Co, Inc of New Orleans, La. (USA); by 1961, Gurtler, Herbert had sufficiently advanced the reel pipelaying technique to make it a commercially acceptable and viable method of laying pipe in the offshore petroleum industry, able to compete with the traditional stovepiping technique. The first known commercial pipelaying reel barge, called the U-303 was built by Aquatic Contractors and Engineers, Inc, a subsidiary of Gurtler, Herbert, in 1961. The U-303 utilised a large vertical-axis reel, permanently mounted on a barge and having horizontally orientated flanges (generally referred to in the trade as a horizontal reel). A

combined straightener/ level winder was employed for spooling pipe onto the reel and for straightening pipe as it was unspooled. The U-303 first laid pipe commercially in September 1961, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana and was used successfully during the 1960s to lay several million linear feet of pipe of up to 6 inches diameter. There are increasing requirements in the offshore petroleum industry for laying multiple operational lines in deep water at depths greater than 3,000 feet and in remote areas far from supply bases. To be commercially viable a pipelaying vessel must also be capable of laying either single or multiple operational lines in shallow waters of less than 2,000 feet up to 3,000 feet depth. In prior-art pipelaying vessels as employed in laying offshore subsea pipelines for such uses as the gathering of oil and/or gas from offshore subsea wells, as, for example, in the Gulf of Mexico, it has been conventional to use one of two main methods to lay the pipe. In the first, or stovepiping method, a pipeline is fabricated on the deck of a lay barge by welding together individual lengths of pipe as the pipe is paid out from the barge. Each length of pipe is about 40 feet or 80 feet long. The pay-out operation must be interrupted periodically to permit new lengths of pipe to be welded to the string. The nucleus of a construction spread is a large derrick barge, pipelaying barge or combination derrick- pipelaying barge capable of offshore operations for an extended period of time in remote locations. These barges, which range in length from 180 feet to 677 feet, are fully equipped with revolving cranes, auxiliary cranes, welding equipment, pile driving hammers, anchor winches and a variety of additional gear. The largest of these vessels are the DB-102, which is one of the worlds largest semisubmersible derrick barges in both size and lifting capacity and provides quarters for approximately 750 workers, and a semi-submersible lay barge capable of laying 60inch diameter pipe (including concrete coating) and operating in water depths of up to 2,000 feet. The stovepiping method requires that skilled welders and their relatively bulky equipment accompany the pipelaying barge crew during the entire laying operation; all welding must be carried out on site and often under adverse weather conditions. Further, the stovepiping method is relatively slow, with experienced crews being able to lay only one or two miles of pipe a day. This makes the entire operation subject to weather conditions which can cause substantial delays and make working conditions quite harsh.

S-Lay The traditional method for installing offshore pipelines in relatively shallow water is commonly referred to as the S-Lay method because the profile of the pipe as it moves in a horizontal plane from the welding and inspection stations on the lay barge across the stern of the lay barge and onto the ocean floor forms an elongated S. As the pipeline moves across the stern of the lay barge and before it reaches the ocean floor, the pipe is supported by a truss-like circular structure equipped with rollers and known as a stinger. The purpose of the stinger in the S-lay configuration is to control the deflection of the pipe in the over-bend region above the pipeline inflection point in order to return the angle of the pipeline at the surface to the horizontal. The curvature radius of the stinger corresponds to at least the maximum bending stress. To avoid a bending moment peak at the last roller, the pipe must lift off smoothly from the stinger well ahead of the lower end of the stinger. In extremely deep water the angle of the pipe becomes so steep that the required stinger length may not be feasible. Deeper water depths will result in a steeper lift-off angle of the suspended pipe span at the stinger tip. This will require the stinger to be longer and/or more curved to accommodate the greater arc of reverse curvature in the overbend region. Accordingly, greater stinger buoyancy and/ or structural strength will be necessary to support the increased weight of the suspended pipe span. The practical water depth limit for a large, conventionally moored lay barge that uses the S-lay method is about 1,000 ft, based on a ratio of anchor line length to water depth of about five to one. Therefore, construction of pipelines by conventionally moored lay barges, if used in conjunction with the development of deepwater oil or gas discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico, will probably be limited to those portions of the pipeline routes located in water depths less than 1,000 ft. The term conventionally moored means that the location or position of the installation vessel (lay barge) is maintained through anchors, associated anchor chains, and/or cables. Smaller lay barges, in the 400 ft long by 100 ft wide size range, typically require eight anchors each weighing 30,000 lbs, and a larger barge operating in 1,000 ft of water typically requires 12 anchors (3 anchors per quarter), each weighing 50,000 lbs or more. In general, the larger the vessel, that is, the greater the target area presented to wind, wave, and current forces, and the heavier the vessel, the higher the holding requirements will be for the mooring system. The rated holding capacity of an anchor system is a function of the weight and size of the anchor and the tensile strength of the chain or cable that secures the anchor to the vessel. An important factor to be considered when there is a choice to be made between a conventionally moored lay barge and a lay barge that uses other means, such as dynamic positioning, to remain on station is the matter of handling the anchors. To deploy and recover the anchors of a lay barge operating in 1,000 ft of water, two anchorhandling vessels with a horsepower rating of 8,000- 10,000 each would be required, and there is a shortage of such vessels. On the other hand, a smaller lay barge operating in shallower water requires only one 3,000- 5,000 hp anchor-handling vessel. The number of anchor relocations per mile of offshore pipeline constructed will be dependent upon the size of the lay barge, the water depth, ocean floor conditions in the vicinity of the pipeline installation, and the amount of anchor line that can be

stored, deployed, and retrieved by the lay barge. Assuming a lay barge is operating in 1,000 ft of water and is following the accepted practice of deploying an amount of anchor line equal to five times the water depth, the anchors would have to be relocated after each 2,000 ft of pipeline installed. Minerals Management Service regulations at 30 CFR 250.1003(a)(1) require, with some exceptions, that pipelines installed in water depths of less than 200 ft be buried to a depth of at least 3 ft. The purpose of this requirement is to protect the pipeline from the external damage that could result from anchors and fishing gear, and to minimize interference with the operations of other users of the OCS. For deepwater pipelines, burial issues are a possible concern only for those pipelines that terminate onshore or at shallow-water host facilities. The burial of a pipeline is carried out during the construction process and is usually accomplished by either a plow or a jet sled towed along the seafloor by the lay barge. Whether a plow or jet sled is used, the distance of the device from the lay barge is adjusted to position the plow or jet sled just ahead of the point where the pipe contacts the seafloor (the touchdown point). Through the action of high-pressure water jets, a jet sled creates a trench in the seafloor into which the pipeline settles. The jet sled, which generally creates more temporary turbidity in the water column than a plowing device, has an operational advantage over a plow. The area of seafloor disturbed by the pipeline burial process is typically just slightly wider than the outside diameter of the pipeline, for example, a trench approximately 15 inches wide by 3 ft deep for a 12-inch pipeline.

S-Lay Method by Dynamically Positioned Lay Barges The term dynamically positioned means that the location or position of the lay barge is maintained by the vessels very specialized propulsion and stationkeeping system which, instead of or in addition to the conventional propeller-rudder system at the stern, employs a system of hullmounted thrusters near the bow, at midship, and at the stern. When in the station-keeping mode, these thrusters, which have the capability to rotate 360o in a horizontal plane, are controlled by a shipboard computer system that usually interfaces with a satellite-based geographic positioning system. Dynamically positioned lay barges can be used in water depths as shallow as 100 ft, but generally they are not used in water less than 200 ft deep, depending upon pipe size, the nature of the project, and the location. Dynamically positioned lay barges outfitted with the equipment necessary to install reel pipe are sometimes used in shallow water. The impact on air quality is one of the most significant differences between using a dynamically positioned lay barge and a conventionally moored lay barge to construct a pipeline. In the case of a conventionally moored vessel, the hydrocarbonfuelconsuming prime movers that drive the propulsion system are typically shut down or operating at minimum speed, fuel consumption, and pollutant emission levels while the vessel is not under way, that is, while the vessel is engaged in pipeline installation activity. The probable requirement for tug assistance to move from station to station during an installation project and the requirement for the services of anchor-handling vessels to deploy, retrieve, and re-deploy anchors contribute to the pollutant emission levels. Contrast this to a dynamically positioned lay barge which, in order to remain on station during a pipeline installation, must constantly operate its prime movers, which drive the propulsion system.

Some examples of deepwater pipelines installed by the S-lay method from a dynamically positioned vessel (the Allseas ship Lorelay) are the 25-mile long, 14-inch gas and 12-inch oil export pipelines constructed from Shell Offshore Inc.s Ram Powell tension leg platform at Viosca Knoll (VK) Block 956 to VK 817, and from VK 956 to Main Pass (MP) Block 289, respectively. The water depth along these routes ranges from 3,218 ft at VK 956 to 670 ft at VK 817 and 338 ft at MP 289. The Lorelay also installed three 6-inch gas pipelines in water approximately 5,400 ft deep between three subsea wells in Mississippi Canyon (MC) Block 687 and a subsea manifold in MC 685 (Shells Mensa project).

S-Lay ships:

Pieter Schelte
In June 2010 Allseas awarded the contract for building Pieter Schelte, its 382 m long, 124 m wide dynamically positioned (DP) platform installation/decommiss ioning and pipelay vessel, to the Korean shipyard Daewoo. Long-lead items such as the power generation equipment, thrusters and DP system were ordered in 2007. In 2008 the high-tensile steel for the jacket and topsides lift systems was ordered, and the detail design of the hull was completed in May 2010. Equipment for the lift systems and pipelay system were ordered in 2011, continuing into 2012. When built, Pieter Schelte will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 t and a jacket lift capacity of 25,000 t. Her pipelay tension capacity will be 2,000 t, doubling the capacity of Allseas Solitaire and thereby surpassing her as the worlds largest pipelay vessel. Delivery of the completed topsides lift and pipelay vessel is expected in the second half of 2014, ready for offshore operations at the end of 2014. The jacket lift system will follow later.

Length overall (incl. tilting lift beam and stinger) 477 m (1,565 ft) Length overall (excl. tilting lift beam and stinger) 382 m (1,253 ft) Length between perpendiculars 370 m (1,214 ft) Breadth 124 m (407 ft) Depth to main deck 30 m (98 ft) Slot length 122 m (400 ft) Slot width 59 m (194 ft) Topsides lift capacity 48,000 t (105,820 kips) Jacket lift capacity 25,000 t (55,115 kips) Stinger length (incl. transition frame) 210 m (690 ft) Operating draught 10 - 25 m (32 - 82 ft) Maximum speed 14 knots Total installed power 95,000 kW Accommodation 571 persons Dynamic positioning system LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg K-Pos DP-22 and 2 x cJoy system Deck cranes 3 x Pipe transfer cranes: 50 t (110 kips) at 33 m (108 ft) main hoist capacity; 1 x Special purpose crane: 600 t (1,323 kips) at 20 m (66 ft) main hoist capacity

Work stations Double-joint factory with 5 line-up stations and 2 stations for combined external and internal welding; Firing line with 6 welding stations for double joints, 1 NDT station and 6 coating stations Tensioner capacity 4 x 500 t (4 x 1,102 kips) Pipe diameters From 2 to 68 OD Pipe cargo capacity (deck) 27,000 t

Solitaire
Solitaire is the largest pipelaying vessel in the world and has set new standards in the pipelay industry. Operational since 1998 and optimised for laying medium and large diameter pipelines at high speed, she is highly competitive for pipelay projects anywhere in the world. Precise manoeuvring on full dynamic positioning (DP) allows Solitaire to work safely in congested areas and lay pipes in very deep water. Pipeline start-ups and lay-downs are executed in very quick time ensuring that any disruption to other activities near platforms is minimised. Based on the same principles asLorelay, the long length and ship-shape allow Solitaire to accommodate multiple work stations and a greater pipe carrying (22,000 t). This makes her much less dependent on offshore pipe supply in hostile areas and ensures excellent workability. Solitaire has achieved pipelay speeds in excess of 9 km/day, operating the latest version of Phoenix, the automatic welding system developed and manufactured in-house by Allseas. As a result of the large number of welding stations on board,Solitaire is capable of installing over 1,000 km of pipeline in a single year, while her average pipelaying speed on large projects is almost double that of the largest competing lay vessels. Solitaire has laid numerous deepwater pipelines. In 2005 her S-lay capacity was increased to a holding force of 1,050 t (2,316 kips), enabling her to lay the heaviest pipelines. In 2007 she set the world record for ultra-deepwater pipeline installation by laying pipe at a depth of 2,775 m (9,100 ft). Solitaire's high cruising speed, high laying speed and substantial carrying capacity makeSolitaire highly competitive for pipelay projects anywhere in the world.

Length overall (incl. stinger) 397 m (1,302 ft) Length overall (excl. stinger) 300 m (984 ft)

Length between perpendiculars 249 m (817 ft) Breadth 41 m (135 ft) Maximum speed 13.5 knots Accommodation 420 persons Total installed power 51,480 kW Dynamic positioning system NMD Class 3 / LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg K-Pos DP-22, K-Pos DP-12 and 3 x cJoy system Deck cranes Two pipe transfer cranes: 35 t (77 kips) at 33 m (108 ft) main hoist capacity, 18 t (40 kips) at 42 m (138 ft) whip hoist Special purpose crane: 300 t (661 kips) at 17 m (56 ft) main hoist capacity, 40 t (88 kips) at 57 m (187 ft) whip hoist capacity PLET installation frame: 400 t (882 kips) Working stations Two double-joint factories, each with 3 welding stations and 1 NDT; Main line with 5 welding stations for double joints, 1 NDT station and 4 coating stations Tensioner capacity 3 x 350 t (3 x 772 kips) at 30 m/min (98 ft/min) Pipe diameters From 2" to 60" OD Pipe hold capacity 22,000 t

Audacia
Audacia is Allseas latest pipelay vessel. Operational since December 2007, she is optimised for the execution of small to large diameter pipeline projects of any length in all water depths, and for associated work such as the installation of risers and subsea protection frames. Audacia is 225 m long, which in terms of size places her between Allseas DP pipelay vessels Lorelay and Solitaire. Precise manoeuvring on full dynamic positioning (DP) with a stinger positioned on the bow allow Audacia to work safely in congested areas and lay pipes in very deep water. Pipeline start-ups and lay-downs are executed in very quick time ensuring any disruption to other activities near platforms is minimised. Due to her long length and ship-shapeAudacia can accommodate multiple work stations and has a greater pipe hold capacity, and her independence from anchor handlers and large buffer capacity ensure she is less dependent on pipe off-loading from supply vessels. Her high transit speed, high lay speed and large carrying capacity make Audacia highly competitive for pipelay projects anywhere in the world.

Audacia conversion 2006 - 2007 The concept for Audacia was developed entirely in-house by Allseas. In June 2005 Allseas announced that it would be building a new 225-m DP pipelay vessel, to be named Audacia. Two months later, the Panamax type bulk carrier "Geeview" was procured. The "Geeview" finally arrived at the Keppel Verolme shipyard, Rozenburg, in December 2005 and work to convert her into a pipelay vessel commenced in January 2006. Audacia left Keppel Verolme for sea trials in the North Sea in late September 2007 and successfully completed her maiden pipelay project in early December 2007.

Length overall (incl. stinger) 327 m (1,073 ft) Length overall (excl. stinger) 225 m (738 ft) Length between perpendiculars 217 m (712 ft) Breadth 32 m (105 ft) Maximum speed 16 knots Accommodation 270 persons Total installed power 35,100 kW Dynamic positioning system NMD Class 3 / LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg SDP-11 and SDP-22 system Deck cranes Pipe transfer crane: 30 t (66 kips) at 33 m (108 ft) Special purpose crane: 150 t (331 kips) at 20 m (66 ft) PLET installation frame: 550 t (1,213 kips) Working stations 7 (single joint) welding, 1 NDT and 3 coating stations Tensioner capacity 3 x 175 t (3 x 386 kips) at 30 m/min (98 ft/min) Pipe diameters From 2" to 60" OD Pipe hold capacity 14,000 t

Lorelay
Lorelay is a versatile vessel optimised for the execution of small and medium diameter pipeline projects of any length in unlimited water depths, and for associated work such as the installation of risers and subsea protection frames. As the worlds first pipelay vessel to operate on full dynamic positioning (DP),Lorelay represented a new generation of offshore pipelaying vessel. Her ship-shape allows for a high transit speed, while a large pipe storage capacity means she is much less dependent on offshore pipe supply. Due to her excellent workability,Lorelay has made her mark worldwide. Precise manoeuvring on full DP allowsLorelay to work safely in congested areas and lay pipes in very deep water. Pipeline start-ups and lay-downs are executed in very quick time ensuring any disruption to any other activities near platforms is minimised. Lorelay has laid many deepwater steel pipelines. In 1996 she extended the limits of S-lay installation, rewriting the industry record books in the process, by laying pipe at a depth of 1,645 m (5,400 ft).

Length overall (incl. stinger) 236 m (744 ft) Length overall (excl. stinger) 182.5 m (600 ft) Length between perpendiculars 150 m (491 ft) Breadth 25.8 m (85 ft) Maximum speed 16 knots Accommodation 230 persons Total installed power 17,760 kW Dynamic positioning system NMD Class 3 / LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg K-Pos DP-22, K-Pos DP-12 and cJoy system Deck cranes Special purpose crane: 300 t (661 kips) at 14 m (46 ft) Pipe transfer crane: 16 t (35 kips) at 33 m (108 ft) Working stations 6 (single joint) welding, 1 NDT and up to 3 coating stations (extra optional stations possible depending on project requirements) Tensioner capacity 3 x 55 t (3 x 121 kips) at 20 m/min (66 ft/min) Optional 4th tensioner of 100 t (220 kips) aft of coating station Pipe diameters From 2" to 28" OD Pipe cargo capacity 8,200 t

Tog Mor
Tog Mor is a flat-bottom, anchored barge for shallow water offshore construction activities, purchased by Allseas in 1997 and converted for pipelaying in 2001/02. She operates in shallow waters worldwide both in support of Solitaire, Audacia andLorelay, and for independent contracting. She can lay pipes up to a water depth of 150 m without modification; deeper water projects are possible with modification to her winches and stinger. Tog Mor is fitted with a 10-point mooring system, pipelay equipment suitable for laying pipe up to a diameter of 60 and a piggy-back firing line for 6.50 diameter pipe. Tog Mor is also equipped with a davit system that enables her to perform midpoint tie-ins and a 250 t crane for construction work.

Length overall (incl. stinger) 154 m (505 ft) Length overall (excl. stinger) 111 m (364 ft) Breadth 27 m (90 ft) Accommodation 144 persons Total installed power 3,750 kW Mooring system Flipper Delta anchors, 10 points: Bow 4 x 10 t (4 x 22 kips) and 2 x 8.5 t (2 x 19 kips) Stern 4 x 7 t (4 x 15 kips) Cranes / lifting equipment Main construction crane: 350 t (551 kips) at 14 m (46 ft) Auxiliary / pipe transfer crane: 53 t (117 kips) at 12 m (39 ft) Working stations 3 (single joint) welding, 1 NDT and 1 coating station Tensioner capacity 1 x 100 t (221 kips); Optional second tensioner can be fitted if required Pipe diameters From 2" to 60" OD Deck cargo capacity 10 t/m

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane is a versatile vessel optimised for pipeline trenching, the flooding, gauging and testing (FGT) of pipelines, offshore lifts and installation of subsea structures, survey activities and other operations in support of Allseas pipelaying vessels. Her slender ship-shape and efficient propulsion system combine to facilitate a high transit speed and excellent workability, and precise manoeuvring on full dynamic positioning (DP) allowsCalamity Jane to operate safely in congested areas. She is also fitted with survey equipment, several cranes and lifting appliances, and equipment for FGT and mattress installation. In addition to supporting the Allseas fleet,Calamity Jane can operate as an independent trenching unit. For this purpose, she is equipped with Allseas mechanical trencher Digging Donald.

Length overall 151 m (495 ft) Length between perpendiculars 117 m (384 ft) Breadth 20 m (66 ft) Maximum speed 11 knots Accommodation 72 persons Total installed power 15,086 kW Dynamic positioning system NMD Class 2 / LR DP (AA), Alstom Cegelec 902 Duplex system Cranes / lifting equipment General purpose crane: 26 t (57 kips) at 31 m (103 ft) Trencher handling frame: 200 t (441 kips) up to 197 m (646 ft); 170 t (375 kips) up to 400 m (1,312 ft); A-frame: 35 t (77 kips) at waterline; 20 t (44 kips) at 1,570 m (5,151 ft); 5 t (11 kips) at 3,100 m (10,170 ft) Knuckle boom crane: 10 t (22 kips) at 3.5 m (12 ft)

Digging Donald
Digging Donald is the only mechanical pipeline trencher never to make physical contact with the pipeline. It is fully remote controlled from on board Calamity Jane, and can operate at depths of up to 400 m. It receives electric power via an umbilical; the same umbilical transmits observation signals to the vessel for processing. Digging Donald is capable of trenching pipelines with an outer diameter of up to 42" and jetting pipelines of up to 48" in a variety of soil conditions ranging from loose sand to very hard clay. Depending on soil conditions, the machine can achieve a net trench depth of 2.1 m from the original seabed level. Digging Donald creates a V-shaped trench underneath the pipeline using mechanical digging arms and multi-pass jetting. The pipeline gradually sinks into the trench behind the machine. Operational modes include trenching, jetting, backfilling and survey. Digging Donald has trenched more than 3,500 km of pipeline worldwide.

Length 17.7 m (58 ft) Width 9.6 m (32 ft) Height 6.7 m (22 ft) Maximum water depth 400m (1,312 ft) Maximum speed 500 m/hr Installed power 1,000 kW (1,341 hp) Maximum pipeline diameter Trenching 42" OD Jetting 48" OD

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