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In Depth
MacArtney supplies visionarylaunch and recovery system -page 4
New take on pre-function testingunderwater umbilicals - page 4Expert advice andintegrated systems arekey - page 2Success from within -MacArtney Norway -page 6Q3 2009
 
With 70% of the surface of the planetcovered by water, there can be a myriadof reasons for needing to know what ishappening beneath the waves. Frommonitoring ocean life to underwatermining, the waters on our planet, theirdynamics and the life in them are underthe spotlight of a whole host of interested
industries and scientic institutions.
Supplying complete solutions
Ocean science projects often involvethe measuring of several parameterssimultaneously. Arranging an array ofdevices into a system or set of systemsrequires precise engineering and athorough understanding of underwater
Supplying solutions
In the underwater technology industry,products are rarely bought alone offthe shelf. More than likely they are partof a package of items that make up asystem.Underwater instruments need loweringinto place on the sea bed or in thewater; information from instrumentsneeds to be sent, received andassimilated by multiplexers andcomputers; ROVs need launching intothe water and recovering again andunderwater cables and monitoringstations need testing and support.Providing solutions for the underwatertechnology industry therefore oftenmeans providing full system packagesand new developments. Sometimesthese system packages are madeup of MacArtney produced productsalone, but often they are systemsthat encompass other manufacturers’proven technology that need to beintegrated into one full working system.One of the MacArtney Group’sstrengths is its ability to integratecomplex systems and instrumentsinto a package that is easy to use andmore importantly reliable.
Experts in all elds within sales,
engineering, project management,manufacturing and testing, qualityassurance and support work togetherto produce and support these onshoreand offshore systems and products.Such coordinated efforts are relianton good communication and mutualrespect both within the group andtowards our customers and suppliers.We have always felt that customerscan feel the difference.
Niels Erik Hedeager, CEO 
Expert advice and i
MacArtney designed towed vehicles can carry a range of measuring devices and control their towing to ensure their exact dynamic position.
dynamics. Systems also need to belowered into position, launched or towedin the water. Data needs to be transmittedor stored and information needs to beassimilated.The MacArtney Underwater TechnologyGroup has been working in the harshunderwater environment for over 3decades and has offered specialisedexpertise within the ocean science sectorfor over 9 years.They are globally recognised fortheir expertise in integrating variousinstruments, both their own instrumentsand those made by other producers, intoreliable, useable ocean science systems.
Instruments and moorings
Along coastlines, in vulnerable naturalareas or in areas considered for marineconstruction, rows or groups of mooringsare used to monitor the life and dynamicsunderwater. They collect a vast range ofdata, from salinity to turbidity of the waterand wildlife movement.They are invaluable tools both inmonitoring existing dynamics and inpredicting the effect of marine building – for example in bridge or port building.MacArtney has supplied instrumentsand assisted with designing arrays formooring projects worldwide, and most
Expert advice can be essential for a project.
ntegrated systems are key
MacArtney supply to help predict impact of Fehmarnbelt Link
MacArtney offers:
Underwater instrumentation: Proling
CTD systems, moorings, ADCPs,transmissometers, analysers, water
samplers • Telemetry systems • Towedvehicles (Triaxus, Focus) • Complexsystem integration Consultancy
Before building the new transportlink from Denmark to Germany overthe Fehmarnbelt, detailed studies ofthe current environment need to beperformed.MacArtney A/S has been chosen toadvise and supply instruments andinfrastructure (underwater cables,connectors, terminations, etc.) to
monitor life and ow in the strait.
This information will help plannerschoose which kind of link to build anddocument any environmental changesit brings.
Monitoring before, during and after
Building any construction in a marineenvironment affects water current andmarine wildlife.Decisions about which type of link tobuild cannot be made until accurateprojected effects of the marineconstruction are monitored.MacArtney supplied instruments willprovide information invaluable for theinvestigation of the before, during andafter effects of the construction process
and the nal link.
The right partner at the design stage
Getting the right advice and choosingthe right partner at the start is essentialfor the success of long term projects.The computer models that will predictthe effect of a construction in the straitare reliant on the data collected at thisinitial stage.MacArtney A/S has helped to designand supply the monitoring stations tobe placed in the strait and at the pointswhere a bridge or tunnel is likely to bebuilt.Their experts assisted on selecting anddesigning the best ways to measureenvironmental conditions (includingcurrent, temperature, salinity andoxygen) on the array of underwaterstations in the strait, and were therefrom the planning stage.MacArtney has more than 3 decades ofexperience in underwater technology,and has worked on several similarprojects, including the Oresund Bridge.Their in-depth knowledge of theunderwater environment andoceanographic measuring systems andsensors made them the perfect choicefor this project.“We are delighted to be working on thisexciting project,” explains MacArtneyCEO Niels Erik Hedeager, “our systemsand infrastructure will assist in thegathering of detailed quantitative datafor modelling and predicting the effectsof a bridge or tunnel link in the strait.The bridge consortium will be able tobase their decision on what type of linkto build on more precise informationthan ever before possible.”
MacArtney supply for the rst stage
The complete system for theFehrmarnbelt consists of 10 stationssituated along the Danish and Germancoast lines of the strait and 3 in likelybridge or tunnel positions.They will measure environmentalconditions and send real timeinformation to monitoring stations.
MacArtney supply includes:
• CTDs (30+) for moorings• Kevlar infrastructure cables• Connectors• Winch and CTD with water sampler 
Proling CTD systems and NEXUS telemetry systems were an important part of the Galathea expedition, sampling and testing water and assimilating valuableinformation on the oceans.
recently in connection with monitoringof the Fehmarnbelt, detailed above.Moorings can also run horizontally andmonitor shallower water, for example inconnection with dredging projects.
Trusted worldwide
From complete packages, includinglaunch and recovery and dataassimilation, to sensors and components,MacArtney Underwater Technologyexpertise and systems have beeninstalled worldwide and trusted byindustries and institutions to providereliable and accurate data on what ishappening beneath the waves.
 
MacArtney supplies visionar
 Already from the initial contact from Acergy,engineers and experts at MacArtney recognized that this system was destined to perform like no other.Months on, the system is performing excellently and Acergy are very happy withthe performance so far.
MacArtney’s latest supply to the newSkandi Acergy, one of the world’s bestequipped offshore construction vessels,brought launch and recovery systems intoan entirely new dimension.2 complete twin systems of 3 harmonisedwinch arrangements operate work classROVs through the middle of the vessel,allowing for deployment in very heavyseas.
Beating heavy seas
Normally, ROV systems are launchedfrom the aft of a vessel or over one of thesides using Active Heave Compensationwinches that allow them to operate inheavy seas.When Acergy acquired the Skandi theyenvisioned a system that could gobeyond the current limit and designed alaunch and recovery system that wouldlaunch ROVs through a fully automatedmoon pool system in the centre of thevessel.tethered vehicles from a vessel. In heavyseas, pitch and roll can alter the positionof a vehicle in relation to the waterby many metres in seconds, causingpotentially damaging snatch loads.Strong winds can also cause unwantedmovement of suspended equipmentand very strong winds can even renderlaunching impossible.Launching the vehicle from the centreof the vessel minimises the effect ofsea conditions as the centre is the moststable place in regard to both pitch androll. It also provides protection from thewind.This ingenious winch and control systemallows ROV launch and operation in seastates far out of the reach of ordinary
Protecting the ROV
Often the most risky part of an ROV diveis the launch and recovery. Winds andsea swell have an enormous effect onthe launch, operation and recovery of
“This ingenious designallows ROV launch and 
operation in sea states far 
out of the reach of ordinary vessels.“ 
launch & recovery system
vessels. Combined with AHC, the launchand recovery system provides theultimate protection for the ROV during thelaunch and recovery period.Each of the twin systems installed onthe Skandi is designed for sea states
equivalent to signicant wave heights of 6metres [Hs 6].
The protected launch and recovery
signicantly extends the operational
window, reducing costly down time.
Precise and complex systemsynchronises ROV launch
The system of winches and sheavesused to launch the ROV through thecentre of the vessel employs threedifferent types of winches that run atdifferent speeds.The control system includes functions,such as opening and closing themoon pool doors and automated ROVorientation and emergency recoveryfeatures.
Subsea 7, leading subsea engineering and construction company, and their customer, are delighted with their new self-contained underwater umbilical testing system. A new take on pre-function testing, thenew self-contained system envisaged by Subsea 7 and engineered by MacArtney, takes testing to thesea bed, making it faster and moreconvenient to test in situ.
Taking testing below water
At depths of around 380 metres, newly
installed umbilicals in the Vega eld in
the Norwegian sector of the North Seacan be a challenge to test.Traditionally such testing requiresone end of the cable to be attachedto a ship on the surface, whereinsulation and conductor resistance
and time domain reectometry can be
measured.Subsea 7, leading subsea engineeringand construction company, has takena new approach to in situ testing andtogether with underwater technologycompany, MacArtney Norway,designed an entirely new way ofmeasuring cable function. Instead ofbringing the umbilical to surface totest, the new system will lower testingconnectors down to the cable.Lowering testing equipment to theseabed will save time and lower costs.
Turning concept into reality
MacArtney designed a self-containedtesting system with an electrical and
bre optic downline. The connector 
garage is lowered to the umbilical bywinch and attached to connectors onthe umbilical by ROV.Much like an underwater extensioncable, the self-contained systemmeasures insulation resistance,conductor resistance and time domain
reectometry.
The topside junction is placedand operated on the vessel and isdesigned to operate even during harshweather conditions.The subsea junction box canwithstand pressure of at least 50 barand can be operated at depths of atleast 500 metres.The system tests the umbilicalsection-by-section, pre-commissioning
the entire length of the umbilical ow
line system before it is taken into use.
MacArtney supply:
• Topside junction box• Winch• Downline cable with reel• Electric and bre optic stress
terminations
• Connector basket and subsea
 junction box
The Vega Project
Subsea 7’s umbilical system forthe Vega Project, a daisy chained
installation including ow line
expansion spools, static umbilical,dynamic umbilical and a 3” ID MEGline, is being installed during the 2009season.At depths of approximately 380 metresin Norwegian sector of the North Sea,the installation will service the new
Gjøa oating production platform.
A new take on pre-function testing underwaterumbilicals
Making this design work together as afully automated system required precise,advanced engineering and projectmanagement.
Amazingly simple to operate
This MacArtney made systemsynchronises the functions andperformance levels of the entire systemwhilst integrating a host ofnon-MacArtney supply features.The easy to use interface proves thateven complex systems with sophisticatedlaunch and recovery sequences can beuser friendly.Once the parameters have been seton the Graphic User Interface, thefully automated launch and recoverysequences can be set in motion with justa few button presses.

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