Aquatic Introduces Powerful New Modular Carousel System
Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, has unveiled its 1500 te carousel (AQCS‐01‐1500) a powerful, modular drive system representing a significant capability extension for customers requiring installation or replacement of flexibles, umbilicals, power and telecommunication cables and wire rope products.
Installation in deeper water has become a recent trend in the subsea market, often being performed in depths ranging from 2000-3000m. However installation, replacement or recovery work at this depth requires specialist equipment to accommodate the increasing length and weight of the items being installed. Aquatic’s carousel system provides the strength and stability that can withstand the installation of the heaviest equipment in deep water.
In addition, Aquatic is assisting its customers on projects that demand increasingly long subsea tie-backs to processing platforms thereby demonstrating the carousel’s undoubted capability and flexibility in all waters.
The carousel can handle a product load up to 1500 te, has a maximum reeling speed of approximately one km/h and uses a built-in tensioner with a maximum line pull of five tonnes to maintain product tension on the horizontal reel at all times. The tensioner is mounted on a level-wind tower, which ensures proper spooling on and off the carousel. It has a reel diameter of 12 meters and a variable hub diameter, which means that it can handle multiple products and can be mobilised onto most vessels of opportunity.
“This new system draws on all of our previous engineering and operational experience,” said Aquatic Group President Chris Brooks. “Unlike other designs on the market, our carousel is genuinely modular and can be broken down to components that fit in standard shipping containers. It is straightforward to assemble and, crucially for our customers, a much less expensive option than buying a new vessel and building a carousel around the ship. The development of this new carousel underlines our commitment to providing services that meet our customers’ needs.”
Aquatic is part of the Acteon’s wider risers, conductors and flowlines offering and joins the other Acteon companies in linking subsea services across a range of interconnected disciplines. Combining the strengths of a major global organisation with those of independent market specialists, all Acteon companies have complementary skills, experience and technologies that link seabed to surface across a range of interconnected disciplines.
Aquatic continues to develop a strong global reputation for its ability to lay flexible and semi-rigid product on the seabed. With wide experience of off- and onshore installations, transpooling and recovery and decommissioning, Aquatic develops and leverages innovative technology to extend its capabilities to match clients’ expectations. Its highly experienced and qualified project management team ensure smooth delivery and client peace of mind. For more information, visit www.aquaticsubsea.com.
Acteon companies provide mooring, foundation, riser, conductor, flowline and marine electronics products and services supported by strong engineering and project management capabilities. Acteon’s companies are 2H Offshore, Aquatic, CAPE Group, Claxton, Conductor Installation Services (CIS), Core Grouting Services, Fluke Engenharia, InterAct, InterMoor, J2 Engineering Services, Large Diameter Drilling (LDD), LM Handling, MENCK, Mirage Machines, NCS Survey, Offshore Installation Services (OIS), Probe, Pulse Structural Monitoring, Seatronics, Subsea Riser Products (SRP) and TEAM Energy Resources. For more information, visit www.acteon.com.
About subsea services
Subsea services are defined as the provision of specialist equipment, services and personnel that can operate from any fit-for-purpose vessel or platform. Acteon’s subsea services offering is unique and addresses operational requirements that support oil and gas asset owners, construction and drilling companies, and vessel owners.
SOURCE: Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd.