New tools and technology for the offshore industry
Global Maritime seeks to offer added value
through enhanced mooring technologies
Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring
& Global Maritime Vryhof
Just like many other areas of the upstream
oil and gas industry, the mooring sector is
under pressure to deliver technology innovations to operators and drilling contractors to
reduce operational time and risk, protect asset
integrity, and ensure maximum efficiencies.
Looming over this is the difficult market
environment over the last 18 months, making
it all the more important to increase efficiencies in mooring operations.
According to McKinsey & Co., the number
of contracted floater rigs has seen a 38%
decline over the last two years and jackups a
28% reduction. Day rates have also declined by
around 50% on average for new contracts between 1Q 2014 and 3Q 2016, with any increase
in oil prices likely to take many months before
it permeates fully into the sector.
It is for these reasons that mooring must
meet operators’ demanding criteria from
both an operational and cost standpoint. This
article will examine how technical innovations
are achieving this in the areas of real-time
monitoring, mooring/anchoring precision and
flexibility, and response forecasting.
The last few years have seen an increased
demand for the real-time monitoring of mooring systems, with the key driver being the
need to increase efficiencies and protect the
In addition, with many mooring systems
increasing in their complexity – having to
navigate around existing infrastructure,
for example – the need to track equipment
deployments and their conditions in real-time
has become paramount. Worst-case scenarios
from untracked equipment include damage to
risers, production, or drilling shutdowns, or
even small hydrocarbon leaks.
One recent technology innovation developed by Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring is
a newly patented radio-frequency identification
(RFID) marking and identification system.
As part of this system, each piece of mooring
equipment has a marking band that contains a
printed ID for physical reading, a QR and/or
data matrix code for optical reading by hand-held devices, and an RFID tag for reading with
radio waves from a handheld device.
The new system works to achieve traceability and identification of all mooring equipment
as well as accurate data capture, from planning
to mooring line documentation. This leads to a
greatly reduced risk in misreading identification information, less effort needed to handle
equipment, and less time spent on tasks such
as steel brushing or locating the necessary
information. There is also a reduction in
operational time when it comes to pre-lay
operations and rig moves.
For operators, contractors and rig owners,
this means increased levels of visibility in
The RFID system ensures traceability and identification of all mooring equipment.
(All images courtesy Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring)
Availability and forecast response analysis
facilitates the link-up of flotels to their main rigs.