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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 signicant wave heights of 6metres [Hs 6].
The protected launch and recovery
signicantly 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 reectometry 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
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.
• Topside junction box• Winch• Downline cable with reel• Electric and bre optic stress
• Connector basket and subsea
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.