Third-generation Reel Drive System

Modular reel drive for the installation or recovery of flexibles, cables, umbilicals, wire rope or steel pipe products.


Reel drive tower (each)
8m x 2.12m x 8.27m (LxBxH) assembled
Weight – 65Te / 52.3Te (without tracks)

9m track section (each)
9m x 2.44m x 0.49m
Weight – 12.7Te (each)

Various intermediate pup pieces available for larger diameter reels

Integrated cradles suitable for
12m, 10.6m reels, 9.2m reels, 8.6m reels

Electro-hydraulic power pack (HPU)
75kW, integrated wireless walkabout box supplied as standard for control


Maximum reel diameter

Minimum reel diameter

Maximum torque

Max hub rotation speed
1.0 rev/min at 37.5Te/m (high speed/low torque)
0.5 rev/min at 75Te/m (low speed/high torque)

Maximum line pull on 10.6m reel
14.1Te at outer flange

Design Appraisal

Design appraised in accordance with DNV standards

Assumed Conditions


Marine/high salinity

Additional Information

The system is suitable for reel diameters 12m and below.

  • Industry design approval by DNVGL.

  • Hubs driven by hydraulic motor/ brake/gearbox drive assemblies with failsafe closed brakes.

  • Self-supporting towers (no internal rigging required)

  • Track system can be supplied so the towers can move between reels.

  • The unit has failsafe closed walking clamps.

  • Integrated Track and Cradle System reduces reel sea- fastening requirements.

  • Wireless remote dial-up for maintenance support.

  • EmergencyShutDown(ESD) system for local and remote use.

  • Additional packers for cradles can be supplied for reel diameters: 12.0m, 10.6m, 9.6m, 9.2m and 8.6m.

  • The unit has reel lashing points built into each track to offset fixing to the vessel deck.

  • The raising and lowering of reels is automated to reduce working at height requirements.

  • Wireless operation with a Walk About Box (WAB)

  • The unit is supplied with built-in electro-hydraulic powerpack.

  • Ability to interface with other Maritime Developments’ equipment, such as tensioners.

  • Road-transportable or can be shipped by standard methods.

  • Supplied with quick connect/ disconnect hoses.

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