Barge Master supports Malampaya bridge connection projectProjects and Operations // June 8, 2015
Using its BM-T700 motion compensation platform, Barge Master recently supported the installation of the permanent connection bridge (151 tonnes, 42.5m x 3.5m x 3.5m) for the Shell Malampaya production platform in the Philippines.
Barge Master was contracted by Boskalis to be involved in the project. Barge Master's motion compensation platform significantly increased the reliability and predictability of the operation by eliminating roll, pitch and heave motions of the vessel on its load.
The BM-T700 is a modular motion compensation platform with a payload capacity of 700 tonnes which is able to accommodate for a crane with an average capacity of 160 tonnes at 12m radius. The platform compensates for waves of up to a significant wave height of 2.5m. It consists of containerized units, which can easily be transported and be assembled within 10 working days.
For this project particular project the Barge Master was used for the installation of a permanent bridge between a newly-installed depletion compression platform (DCP) and an existing gas producing shallow water platform (SWP) on the Malampaya field.
The project was executed by Boskalis for Shell Philippines Exploration and comprises the installation of an offshore depletion compression platform at the Malampaya gas field.
The multipurpose construction DP2 vessel Ndeavor played a pivotal role in this project and was fitted with the Barge Master system.
The permanent bridge was loaded onto the Barge Master platform and sailed out to the project location. Once on site, the bridge was stabilized by the Barge Master in order to be lifted off safely by four temporarily installed lifting arrangements.