Might as well start a thread for all this stuff. Will copy my latest post in here, then go looking for all my older ones, trying to get them all gathered together.
2013 J-lay campaign pics. Considering making a new thread for this stuff, what you think? Anyway, here we are in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. This is the Sapura 3000, a multirole offshore construction vessel featuring a 9 station conventional s-lay firing line, optional j-lay tower, 3000 ton main crane and two 40t deck cranes. It's fucking neato, also big. This pic shows the main crane, port side deck crane and the j-lay tower.
After spending some time in drydock in Singapore and undergoing seatrials afterwards, we head to Malaysia, swimming distance from Singapore, for the load testing of the cranes and the loadout of the vessel for the upcoming project. How do you load test a 3000 ton crane you ask? Well, you're gonna need one of these.
Then you wanna check out the main block for cracks, grease everything up real well etc. Here's the main block.
Now, remember that barge with the big wire ropes? Do you even lift?
Two meters out of the water here. They pump water in and out of the barge to get the weight they want. The test was done at 3,400ish tons. The crane's control cab has digital readouts that are repeated on the bridge of the vessel, allowing the vessel to automatically ballast itself to keep from leaning or capsizing when the load is added or removed from the crane. Once everything is certified good to go, we start lifting. This is a stinger section that was just delivered, they test fitted it to make sure it would work with the vessel. This pic shows them setting it back on the quayside so they can finish it up. That would be the wiring, ballasting, valves, cameras etc.
Some of you prolly have no idea what I am talking about. Oh well. You can try searching my other pics I have posted that explain a lot of this stuff. I will go into more detail on J-lay pipelay operations when we get into full production mode. I could explain it now, but without pics of everything in operation, pipe moving around, shit getting welded etc, it is really damn near impossible to paint a picture of it for you. Enjoy.
ps. Oh yeah, sorry about image quality. My camera took a chemical bath and I am having to use my phone. I might be able to get some good pics from the engineers later.