SAIPEM 7000 ESTABLISHES NEW LIFTING RECORD FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO
The Saipem 7000, one of the largest crane vessels in the world, set a new local heavy lift record of 11,100 tonnes for the Gulf of Mexico.
The previous local record had been set in 2007, again by the Saipem 7000 and again in the Gulf of Mexico, during installation of a 10,473 tonnes super-structure supporting the production facilities on the PB-KU-A2 platform.
The new record concerns the installation of a gas compression module for the CA-KU-A1 platform in the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field located offshore Campeche Bay in Mexico. This will allow for a significant production increase in the Mexican oil field.
During installation works, the Saipem 7000 played host to the Managing Director and senior management of PEMEX as well as to top executives from Dragados Offshore, whose local branch built both the PB-KU-A2 and CA-KU-A1 platforms, setting the two heavy lift records in the Gulf of Mexico along with Saipem.
The Saipem 7000 is the world’s third largest crane vessel, after the Sleipnir and the Thialf.
The vessel was built between 1985 and 1987 by Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiana S.p.A. at their Monfalcone yard, Trieste in north-eastern Italy.
The Saipem 7000 has two NOV Lifting and Handling AmClyde model Saipem 7000 fully revolving cranes. Each has a 140-metre-long boom fitted with 4 hooks. Each crane is capable of lifting up to 7,000 tonnes at 40 m lift radius using the main hook. The whip hook has a capacity of 120 tonnes at 150 m. The 2nd Auxiliary hook can be deployed to a water depth of 450 m. The two cranes are capable of a tandem lift of 14,000 tonnes.
The Saipem 7000 set the world offshore lifting record of 12,150 tons for the Sabratha deck in the Mediterranean Sea. A local record for the Gulf of Mexico (Mexican area) was set with the 10,473 tons of the PB-KU-A2 deck. In July 2010, the Saipem 7000 broke another world record by lifting the new BP Valhall Production and Hotel topside of approximately 11,600 tonnes on Dynamic Positioning.
(Source and image: Saipem)
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