Walk to work

July 19, 2012

work walk

The first phase of a contract to integrate a novel self-stabilising gangway system onboard the subsea construction vessel Island Enforcer, chartered to provide pedestrian access for workers from vessel to offshore platform as required, was recently completed by Babcock for Shell.

The integrated system was mobilised in time for its offshore deployment to connect to the main deck level of Shearwater during the North Sea platform’s planned shutdown. A similar project completed for Shell last year saw the ‘walk-to-work’ gangway connected to a UK continental shelf FPSO for the first time.

Under the new contract, Babcock engineered, designed, fabricated and installed the structures to support the integration of a gangway system and air diving spread equipment and install this on the host vessel, completing the integration project in just two months following contract award.

The vessel, mobilised in one week from Babcock’s Rosyth facility, will next relocate to an FPSO.



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