Addressing Technical Limitations
The client’s objective was to conduct a 6” pipeline touchdown monitoring survey and As-Laid survey to ensure the pipeline’s correct placement on the seabed. The primary objectives were to detect unexpected obstacles during the pipelay process and verify the integrity of the pipe. However, the client encountered 2 major challenges that threatened the successful completion of the project:
These challenges listed above posed a significant hurdle to the project’s feasibility.
Targeted Strategy for Optimal Results
MCS’s strategic planning and resource management led to effective solutions. By deploying the Minispector® from a supply boat, the dependency on a DP vessel was bypassed, thus cutting costs. The Minispector®, fitted with multiple thrusters, offered enhanced control and stability. The Minispector®, equipped with seven vertical and horizontal thrusters, provided full control, stability, and maneuverability. Its state-of-the-art imaging package enabled the accurate location of the pipeline’s stinger end, followed by the tracking of the 6” pipeline to the seabed, revealing the laying curve and touchdown point. The Minispector® also visually inspected the pipeline, detecting any areas of free span or instances where the pipe unintentionally rested on the seabed.
Efficiency, Cost Savings, and Enhanced Operations
The Minispector®’s deployment brought forth several significant results for both the client and MCS:
In summary, the client’s adept use of Minispector® for their 6” touchdown monitoring survey stands as a testament to MCS’s commitment to offering efficient solutions. MCS’s approach in this project underscores its role in refining practices within the global energy and marine domains.