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MDL Spread concludes Trinidad job


Maritime Developments' flex-lay spread has concluded its latest project in the Atlantic.

MDL's 400-tonne reel drive system and patented 4-track tensioner - both forming part of the MDL Offshore Service fleet - were deployed alongside the company's unique Portable Vertical Lay System (PVLS), as part of a flexible installation offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

MDL Tensioner on the PVLS

The system mobilised on board the North Sea Giant at the start of the year, before heading to the Caribbean for the 35-day campaign, which included numerous flexline and umbilical lays.

Once the project concluded, the spread returned to Europe, where it was demobilised off the vessel in a 48-hour operation.

Greig May, MDL Rental Manager, said:

“The project went well and ran smoothly with no issues which is our objective on every job, so both the client and our team were happy with the outcome.

“This was the largest demobilisation that we have carried out to date, but nothing we couldn't handle and all went to plan.

“This demob demonstrated the key benefit of the MDL solution, which is the ease and speed of mobilisation, saving the client a lot of idle vessel time, when the boat is sat in port doing nothing.”

All of the MDL systems forming part of the integrated spread feature unique safety solutions that reduce the risk to the product and personnel, while facilitating smoother handling and quicker turnaround between products and port calls - reducing the overall mission time and therefore costs.

Thanks to their portable design, all of MDL equipment can travel by road in modules, and can be mixed-and-matched to form the most efficient horizontal or vertical spread for individual project requirements.

This includes the most recent add-on to the MDL Offshore Service fleet, the 110-tonne 4-track tensioner, which has also returned to the Peterhead facility in modules, following its maiden project offshore India.

The MDL TTS-4/310 was used to transition a small-diameter umbilical from the beach to seabed at 160m water depth. The project was completed ahead of schedule.

Mike Gaskin, MDL Commercial Director, said:

“We welcomed the opportunity to deploy our latest tensioner in a new location for MDL, and so quickly after the system's delivery late last year.

“We received great feedback from the client on the efficiency of the system, but also the professionalism of our team, who ensured smooth and safe operation throughout.

“These two projects demonstrate the benefits of the complete MDL package – equipment and personnel - to global flex-lay operations, wherever in the world the next project might be taking place.”


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