SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Frauke wraps up project offshore West Africa

Offshore staff

HAMBURG, GermanySAL Heavy Lift’s specialist vessel MV Frauke has completed a long-term project off West Africa. The vessel started the project in July 2014 and finalized it in December 2014.

The  project consisted of seven phases:

  • Mobilization and special preparation of the vessel in Germany and the Netherlands

  • Loading and transport of two empty carousels from the Netherlands to the US, both 12-m (39-ft) tall with a diameter of 26 m (85 ft), weighing 620 tons (562 metric tons)

  •  Spooling of more than 2,000 tons (1,814 metric tons) of umbilicals in the US

  •  Transport of the fully-spooled carousels to the project site offshore West Africa

  • Onsite support for the installation vessel S3000 offshore West Africa over a two-month period, including assistance for discharging of full carousels and the reloading of empty carousels at double banking

  • Transport of the empty carousels back to the Netherlands, discharging

  •  Demobilization of the vessel in Germany in December.

SAL Heavy Lift said that the project’s significant challenge was the precision required on the weight-spreading calculation on the hatch covers. The stability of the hatch covers was ensured with tailor-made steel supports, which were installed beneath the hatch cover. A special grillage was designed to spread the weight of the heavier carousel.




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