August 2018

MDL delivers first LiveWire spread

MDL has completed the first LiveWire system – an innovative solution for efficient wire rope inspection services and change-outs

Developed in a joint partnership between MDL and global mooring and subsea specialist Delmar Systems, LiveWire is designed to significantly cut costs associated with large wire rope maintenance and operations, particularly by minimising disruption to rig or vessel schedules.

The LiveWire spread, which includes a multi-reel handling system, back tension and inspection units and a compensator unit, has been commissioned and FATd (Factory Acceptance Tested) in MDL’s manufacturing and testing facility in Peterhead, Scotland.

The system is fully automated using remote controls developed in-house by MDL, and is entirely powered by an independent generator, preventing the need for connection to any vessel or quayside services.

Using LiveWire, Delmar Systems and MDL can carry out wire rope inspection services from a quayside to support construction vessels, or the system can be mobilised onto any PSV to support offshore rigs. The compact spread allows for a spare wire rope to be carried on-board the PSV when conducting offshore rig crane wire change-outs.

“I am very excited to see LiveWire come to life and look forward to introducing it to the Gulf of Mexico,” said Mark Williamson, MDL Head of Global BD.

“It has been a project of mine since July 2016 when MDL first started exploring the topic of crane wire inspection and handling. Working alongside Delmar, we were able to redefine how clients approach crane
wire maintenance and operations. This out-of-the-box thinking is consistent in our client-focused approach to subsea services as a whole.

“The market has never had an elegant and efficient solution before, never mind one which can service both onshore and offshore applications. I expect LiveWire to have a significant impact on the crane wire inspection
services - in the GoM, and globally.”

John Bodin, Delmar Systems’ Director of Global Business Development, said:

“Delmar’s implementation and support service for large diameter long wire rope inspection, installation and service is a natural extension of our mooring methodologies and core business.

“The combined experience of both companies in innovative solutions and offshore services has resulted in the ground-breaking solution of LiveWire.”

The inaugural LiveWire spread has been dismantled and is on the way to its new base in Delmar’s Port Fourchon, Louisiana shore base facility, where it will be mobilized for its first mission.

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