Lifting & installation
General information
In the preparation of offshore installation and lifting operations, the following questions play a role:

  • Which vessel can perform the operation?
  • What is the best approach?
  • What is the maximum operable wave height?
  • And consequently the operability?
  • What are the peakloads and motions in this case?
These questions need careful analysis at an early stage of the project and a good communication between the engineers and operational people involved.

Services & Activities
The Offshore Department is involved in a lot of anlaysis of offshore installation and lifting operations. With the dedicated LIFSIM program it is able to assist the engineering and operation of these projects. Complex models and instrumentation are used to test these operations in the basin. Nowadays the ComFLOW program can be used to determine the loads on subsea structures that are lifted through the splash zone.

The Trials & Monitoring Department has been present at a lot of installation projects to monitor the motions and loads during the operations.

MARIN's nautical simulator centre MSCN can provide training programmes for lifting operations and was for instance involved in the installation training of the Mars TLP.

Facilities & Tools
Lifting and installation model tests are carried out in the following MARIN facilities :

The following tools are used to study lifting and installation :

Software Sales
Some software tools are available for commercial use outside MARIN. A complete overview of these software tools for sale can be found under Software Sales.

Experience
The list below gives a review of offshore lifting and installation projects carried out at MARIN :

  • Installation of additional modules on the Njord FPU with the S7000 (Saipem/Norsk Hydro, 2006)
  • Installation of additional modules on the Visund FPU with the Thialf (Heerema/Statoil, 2004)
  • Simulation study of the installation of topsides on a jacket in the Persian Gulf (Shell, 2004)
  • Snorre template and manifold installation (Saipem, 1992)
  • Installation Brage Field jacket (Norsk Hydro / Aker, 1991)
  • Snorre tether template installation tests (Dock Express Shipping, 1989)
Other installation projects without crane vessels:

  • Free standing hybrid riser installation (Petrobras, 2004)
  • De Donge windmill installation vessel ‘Big Pitcher’ (De Donge, 2003)
  • Self Floating Platform installation tests (Smit, 1999)
  • MARS TLP installation tests (Shell, 1996)
  • Multi Purpose Platform installation tests (KCI, 1996)
  • Wandoo GBS and floatover installation model tests (Wandoo Alliance, 1995)
  • Installation F3 GBS (NAM, 1991 - 1992)
  • Installation Brage Field jacket (Norsk Hydro / Aker, 1991)
  • Snorre tether template installation tests (Dock Express Shipping, 1989)
Most recent lifting and installation papers presented by MARIN
(complete overview of papers can be found under Publications)

Past, Present and Future of Hydrodynamic Research for DP Applications
Hans Cozijn and Eelco Frickel, MTS DP Conference, 2015

On the Use of Main Hoist Tension Measurement for Feed Forward in DP Systems during Offshore Installations
Olaf Waals (MARIN), OMAE Conference, Shanghai, 2010

Model Testing and Complex Numerical Simulations for Offshore Installation
J.L. Cozijn; R.J. van der Wal (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands MARIN); C. Dunlop (Saipem UK), ISOPE Conference, Vancouver, 2008

Model Tests and Computer Simulations for Njord FPU Gas Module Installation
Remmelt van der Wal, Hans Cozijn (MARIN) and Chris Dunlop (Saipem UK), Marine Operations Specialty Symposium (MOSS), Singapore, 2008

A dynamic model for lifting heavy modules between two floating offshore structures
R.R.T. van Dijk (MARIN), A. Hendriks (Heerema Marine Contractors) and L. Friisk (Statoil), EuroDyn Conference, Paris, 2005

Most recent lifting and installation articles written for MARIN Report
(complete overview of articles can be found under Publications)

aNySIM, a versatile hydrodynamics engineering tool
Joris van den Berg, MARIN Report, 2014

Interview SHL: Offshore work is all about being prepared
MARIN Report, 2014

Interview: Successful testing campaign for the Barge Master
Helen Hill, MARIN Report, 2013

Successful testing campaign for the Barge Master
Helen Hill, MARIN Report, 2013

OBELICS JIP successfully achieves goals
Ron Schoon & Eelco Frickel, MARIN Report, 2013

Contact
For more information on how MARIN can help your organisation with lifting and installation, please contact :

For model test and simulation activities: Offshore Department
For full scale measurements: Trials and Monitoring Department
For operational training : MSCN

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