Published: November 3, 2011
Mooring Systems Ltd has launched what is believed to be the most adaptable offshore, mobile spooler of its kind in the UK, that will offer significant advantages for clients operating in the oil and gas and the renewables markets.
The spooler, which was designed and built by Caley Ocean Systems at East Kilbride, has been transported to Mooring Systems’ warehouse and quayside facility at Montrose on the east coast of Scotland.
Modular Design – Road Transportable
The new 400Te capacity spooler has been designed to accommodate a wide range of flexible products including umbilicals, dynamic risers, marine hoses and cables. It is capable of delivering almost 20km (12 miles) of 100mm cable in one batch. Its modular design can quickly be dismantled and loaded on to road transport – greatly improving its viability for offshore projects that can sail from any port in the UK at short notice.
Designed in accordance with the latest Lloyds Register rules for lifting appliances in a marine environment, Mooring Systems’ offshore product storage unit is suitable for lifting with the hose or cable pre-loaded. The carousel is supplied with a fully integrated hydraulic power pack and controls, all rated IP56, suitable for a marine environment.
Offshore and Renewables Market Focus
Mooring Systems general manager Douglas Davidson said: “The new spooler has filled a gap in the market for a mobile, modular and – most importantly – transportable system that has particular applications for the burgeoning renewables market. We expect that 2012 will see a massive surge in the number of projects being commissioned and we have already experienced increased interest in our fleet of spoolers.”
The new spooler fills the space between conventional reels, which carry smaller payloads and the 1,000Te-plus turntables and carousels that are less adaptable and take longer to deploy. There is nothing quite like this in the UK rental market at present,” said Mr Davidson.
The modular nature of the design means that many of the components used to build the spoolers are consistent across Mooring Systems’ range from 16Te to 400Te. Mooring Systems is already in discussion with a number of potential clients. Renewables projects are expected to mushroom over the coming months and years with projects being commissioned in UK sector of the North Sea as well as off the coasts of Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
Gregor McPherson, sales director at Caley Ocean Systems, said his company’s years of experience in developing quality handling equipment for the marine industry, had enabled the company to deliver a market leading product for Mooring Systems, adding: “Our manufacturing expertise and track record meant we were in a unique position to help develop and deliver a product customers – particularly in the renewables market – are looking for.”
Mr Davidson said the company was already making plans for further investment in an even larger spooler.