April 2019

MDL delivers West Africa SURF installation with DeepOcean

Maritime Developments has concluded a flexible installation project offshore West Africa.

The work scope, commissioned by DeepOcean, saw the company’s third-generation Reel Drive System (RDS) used on board the Polar Onyx for installation of a 2.5km flowline in the EN-09 field.

The flowline was installed in 1,750 meters water depth and marks the longest and deepest flowline installation performed in DeepOcean’s history.

The MDL RDS was integrated complementing the vessel’s Vertical Lay System (VLS) and was operated by MDL’s expert Offshore Service team.

In addition to supplying the equipment and offshore personnel, MDL’s in-house Engineering division provided the vessel integration works for the MDL equipment, supported the DNV-GL class approval process and provided remote mobilisation support, all prior to the project commencement.

MDL are uniquely placed by housing the draughting and engineering team that designed and built the RDS, complemented by the hands-on engineering experience of successfully integrating the system onto a range of vessels, thus offering a lean and comprehensive single-source seafastening solution.

Dave Gardiner, MDL BD & Commercial Manager, said:

“Project success is often derived from a variety of factors, including correct planning and experience. Both MDL and DeepOcean are celebrating 20-year anniversaries in 2019, which brings unrivaled track record when combined.

“In addition, continuity and familiarisation were key to EN-09 project success. In 2016, MDL supplied the same RDS on board the Polar Onyx for another West African project with a duration of 114 days. By choosing MDL, DeepOcean secured a leaner and operationally effective solution for their project.

“MDL were able to assist a fast track project delivery schedule, thanks to having the complete engineering capability in-house and the most innovative RDS available on the flexlay equipment market.

“We look forward to continuing our support to DeepOcean with our equipment and expert personnel, in West Africa and the rest of the world”.

Andreas Veiset Bergum, DeepOcean Engineering Manager Africa, said:

“MDL’s contribution to the project with their innovative RDS system, competent engineering support and ‘can do’ attitude played an important role in efficient planning and safe execution of the Project.

"With DeepOcean’s targeted focus on the Africa Market we are looking forward to potential cooperation on future projects”.