Jumbo has successfully completed the transportation of the first of two flexible pipe lay towers to Okpo, South Korea, for their client, Real/Imeca.
17 Sep 2013
Imeca received the order to develop the flexible pipelay system for the newly constructed Technip Oderbracht JV* pipe lay support vessels. The Joint Venture will charter the vessels to Petrobras, who will use them to install umbilical and flexible flowlines and risers to connect subsea wells to floating production units in waters up to over 2,500m deep offshore Brazil, including in the pre-salt area.
The project involved a series of four voyages for Jumbo, plus the engineering of a suitable outrigger frame, specific to the project, to handle the shipments. The initial phase was the collection of the first of two base structures from Gydnia, Poland. Jumbo chartered a vessel to undertake the first stage of the project, as, after the award of contract there was a limited space of time before project activity commenced. This meant that it was not possible to schedule one of Jumbo’s J-class vessels.
A further electric-hydrostatic driven ESPT-H self-propelled transporter from NICOLAS Industrie – part of the TII Group, world market leader in the heavy duty vehicle sector – is now being used at the Odebrecht Defesa e Tecnologia shipyard in the most adverse temperature and weather conditions.
The company is a division of the Brazilian Odebrecht Group, a family-run construction and chemical conglomerate. With a 20 t payload and only 9.5 t deadweight, the vehicle is extremely efficient and manoeuvrable. Through its electric-hydrostatic drive, it operates with little noise and is emission-free, easily aligns loads with great precision with a tolerance of 20 millimeters and can compensate the expected ground unevenness at the shipyard by up to 10 centimetres without any problems during driving operations. As a result, it is an important auxiliary aid in order to ensure that the internal processes in the military shipyard are as efficient as possible.
Odebrecht Defesa e Technologia has been a very satisfied customer of NICOLAS Industrie for many years. On the premises of the company in Sepetiba Bay, south of Rio de Janeiro, several vehicles of this type are being successfully used in daily operations. They carry and move loads as well as transporting pre-assembled aircraft components between the various production halls.
The recently delivered ESPT-H (Electric Self Propelled Transporter with hydrostatic drive) has been designed to provide an operating time of up to eight hours,completely independent of any power supply. With a width of 2,500 mm and a length of 8,000mm along with a steering angle of 220°, it is a very manoeuvrable and versatile vehicle. Each axle line carries a maximum of 14,775 kg whereby the uniform distribution of the load is guaranteed through the fact that the compensating cylinders are connected with each other. The height of the loading area is 780 mm when retracted and 1,390 mm in an extended position (loaded) respectively.