As MDL adds a brand new tensioner to its Offshore Service fleet in a challenging market, BD & commercial manager Dave Gardiner explains how going against the tide results in greater returns for the industry - not only in oil and gas.
In joining MDL in February 2017, I knew this would be an exciting move.
Coming from the subsea contractor market, I experienced first-hand the challenges the industry was facing in keeping operational costs to a minimum, whilst delivering crucial work in a challenging market.
Having engaged MDL as our supplier in my previous company, I have always been impressed with their fresh approach to these varying industry challenges. They especially excelled in their effort to reduce the clients’ cost base, whilst constantly looking to improve products and services.
However, it was not just that cutting-edge technology that attracted me to the company, but rather the innovative attitude to apply that technology in areas unchartered - all in a bid to increase efficiency.
These first few months have not disappointed. As a company, we have reached a few major milestones that have enhanced the all-important track record of our existing equipment.
We have also surpassed this and been able to take bolder steps in better serving our market. In under six months, we have added two new pipelay tensioners to our Offshore Service fleet.
Firstly, the MDL TTS-4/310 - our newest 4-tracker, which has just returned from its first project; a beach pull for a Tier 1 contractor in India. The job was very successful, taking two weeks to lay just under 25km of umbilical and concluded 15 days ahead of schedule.
While following the concept of the patented MDL TTS-4/140 tensioner, the new 110Te unit features an extended track length to allow an extremely low squeeze-per-meter ratio. This is vitally important when handling small-diameter products in shallow waters, as is the case in beach pulls.
Secondly, there’s the MDL TTS-2/140, our unique 2-track option. Its 3.3m tracks offer one of the longest track lengths by a tensioner of its kind; this, coupled with the allowable squeeze-per-metre of 42.2Te, means it can handle small diameter products safely and efficiently.
In fact, it’s been commissioned on a wide range of products (between 45mm – 620mm diameter) and because only the top track requires the pads to be changed to cater for this product range, the downtime between change-outs is reduced to a minimum.
The concept behind these two strikingly unique pieces of kit is to offer MDL’s cost-saving formula on a wider scale geographically. Both tensioners can travel by road or in containers anywhere in the world to reduce transit and mobilisation/demobilisation costs.
This is important, because - although MDL is a well-established brand in the flex-lay supply chain - the benefits of our equipment are directly transferrable to other parts of onshore and offshore operations. These include maintenance and refurbishment of port and storage facilities, as well as renewables, telecoms and decommissioning.
This is not just wishful thinking on our part; MDL already has the technology and the track record to demonstrate either the cost savings or the increased efficiency from using its solutions in these markets.
And it’s no wonder - challenging the norm has been the main differentiator that has fuelled and contributed to MDL’s continuous growth over the years. With this experience behind MDL, being creative, or adapting a concept from one market to the other is no longer risk-based - it’s both a calculated and educated move towards improving operations in diverse markets.
We will be talking about these creative concepts during the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 where we are exhibiting as part of the Scottish Pavilion on the 6-8 June; come and speak to either myself or my team where we’ll be keen to elaborate on this further.
As for myself, knowing what I know now from the inside, I am more excited than ever about what lies ahead. It’s great to be leading discussions on solutions to maximise existing technology and get it into the hands of new users to enhance end-client returns. It is also encouraging to be assisting our clients in their own individual journeys of reducing spending in areas they did not think was possible.
Whatever lies ahead over the next months, one thing’s for certain: the energy industry will never stop throwing up fresh challenges. I am, however, absolutely certain that MDL is ready to take them on - after all, what are true innovators for?
Dave Gardiner, BD & Commercial Manager
- Let's start at the Front EndNovember 2018
- MDL debuts in first mid-stream California projectOctober 2018
- Mexico: bridging the gap to faster recoverySeptember 2018
- MDL delivers first LiveWire spreadAugust 2018
- MDL returns to Norway with TechnipFMCJune 2018
- Double Bibby win for MDLJune 2018
- Halving the headache with a simple approachMay 2018
- MDL awarded California pipelay jobMay 2018
- MDL wins Mediterranean umbilical installationMay 2018
- Three lessons about changeApril 2018
- Delmar and MDL join forces to launch LiveWireApril 2018
- Leading the way in subsea innovationMarch 2018
- Disposing of hidden costsMarch 2018
- RDS completes first GoM mission for Subsea 7February 2018
- Hitting the 150Te markJanuary 2018
- Maritime Developments Year in Review: 2017January 2018
- MDL sets up equipment base in GoM with DelmarDecember 2017
- MDL maximises focus in the AmericasDecember 2017
- A helping hand across the SeaNovember 2017
- Instinct, MaturedOctober 2017
- Oceaneering adds MDL 800Te RDS to global fleetOctober 2017
- Safe as MDLAugust 2017
- Calculated MovesMay 2017
- 24/7 AmbassadorsApril 2017
- MDL Spread concludes Trinidad jobApril 2017
- Turning the frown upside down at ExpoFebruary 2017
- MDL converts Expo leads to RNLI cashFebruary 2017
- Contract award brings MDL tensioner to APACJanuary 2017
- Maritime Developments Year in Review: 2016January 2017
- Winding up the new-buildsDecember 2016
- 800 Tonnes of InnovationDecember 2016
- MDL goes east with new appointmentNovember 2016
- A different cup of teaOctober 2016
- Early project makes a comeback with USA deliveryOctober 2016
- New system redefines global tensioner marketSeptember 2016
- MDL Spread hits anniversary milestoneSeptember 2016
- Latest rental RDS completes first missionJuly 2016
- Asking the right questionsJune 2016
- MDL launches innovative well intervention systemMay 2016
- Portable spread creates new opportunitiesMarch 2016
- An ex-Captain’s perspectiveFebruary 2016
- MDL opens door in AmericaFebruary 2016
- Subsea Expo 2016: Inspiring smart conversationsFebruary 2016
- That's one New Year's resolution worth sticking toJanuary 2016
- Subsea Expo 2016: MDL powers up flex-lay costs reductionJanuary 2016
- Maritime Developments Year in Review: 2015December 2015
- Mission accomplished for MDL PVLSNovember 2015
- Maritime Rentals fleet continues to growOctober 2015
- Maritime Developments' first PVLS sets sailSeptember 2015
- Selling value: The toughest challenge with supply chainSeptember 2015
- Let their hair down: Investment that pays backJuly 2015
- Maritime Developments raises £1,400 for Marie Curie Cancer CareJuly 2015
- Cutting costs: Why we’re all in it togetherJune 2015
- Looking hot this summerJune 2015
- Innovation: Speaking the same languageMay 2015
- Final winch order ready for early pickupMay 2015
- Latest reel drive system steals the spotlightApril 2015
- The Budget: A step in the right directionMarch 2015
- Maritime Developments seals 15th anniversary with first VLS orderFebruary 2015
- Smart thinking at Subsea Expo: It all figuresFebruary 2015
- Bespoke tensioner boosts Maritime Developments’ rental fleetJanuary 2015
- Maritime Developments targets well intervention market with joint ventureJanuary 2015
- Third winch package tips electrical delivery over £12millionJanuary 2015
- Maritime Developments Year in Review: 2014January 2015
- MDL celebrates 15th Christmas with magical fundraiserDecember 2014
- MDL extends competitive edge with electrical pushNovember 2014
- Key appointment boosts Maritime
Developments’ electrical divisionNovember 2014
- Maritime Developments celebrates 15 years in businessOctober 2014
- Maritime Developments marks RDS success with Aker deliverySeptember 2014
- Major winch delivery ahead of scheduleSeptember 2014
- £1,000 raised for RNLI at Maritime Developments’ eventSeptember 2014
- Patent protection secured for Maritime Developments’ tensionerSeptember 2014
- Maritime Developments celebrates 15th anniversary with workshop hog roastSeptember 2014
- Subsea Expo winners’ pit stop at British Grand PrixSeptember 2014
- Maritime Developments at Subsea Expo 2014April 2014
- Lochnagar fundraiser for Paul Lawrie FoundationApril 2014
- West African contract success as further growth targetedApril 2014
- Largest contract to date for MDLApril 2014
- Maritime Developments launches equipment hire serviceMarch 2014
- Bright future for subsea specialistMarch 2014
- ‘Next Generation’ Tensioner designMarch 2013
- Increased capacity at Aberdeen and PeterheadMarch 2013
- Paul Lawrie swings by MDL stand at Subsea 2013February 2013
- Maritime Developments appoints Operations DirectorSeptember 2012
- Maritime Developments appoints Commercial DirectorJune 2012
- Maritime Developments continued expansionMay 2012
- Fast-track US contract delivered on timeApril 2012
- £1.7m contract from international subsea businessApril 2012
- Maritime Developments exhibits at Subsea 2012 in AberdeenFebruary 2012