With Maritime Developments RDS, handling multiple reels becomes a seamless operation, delivering greater returns on shorter mission times.

Designed with reduced mobilisation in mind, all of MDL reel drive systems are road-transportable, allowing re-assembly at the quayside before being lifted onboard the vessel. The installation on deck is made even easier with the third-generation system, featuring an integrated power unit as well as tracks with built-in reel cradles and reel rigging pad eyes, eliminating the need for the reels to be sea-fastened to the deck.

Automatic fail-safe clamps and an automated raising and lowering system, which negates working at height, are the other key features of MDL RDS, delivering an average saving of 4 hours per reel.


From our design and manufacturing bases, Maritime Developments delivers product handling equipment for global energy projects.

As well as reel drive systems, Maritime Developments delivers the full turnkey package of back-deck handling equipment including tensioners, overboarding chutes, spoolers, level winders, compensators and control systems.

Safety & Operational Excellence

Our range of reel drive systems is designed and manufactured to comply with PUWER / LOLER requirements and can be CE marked. The control system is designed for safe product handling with data logging is a standard feature. This ensures instant access to critical product lay information with the option to record the data.

Design Considerations

  • Type of vessel / operating conditions
  • Deck / system arrangement
  • Available deck area
  • Vessel deck loading capacity
  • Gross weight of reel and product
  • Offset loading details (if applicable)
  • Reel diameter
  • Reel width
  • Interface details
  • Maximum torque
  • Single or multiple reel handling
  • Preferred drive option, hydraulic / electric