Barge Master nominated again for the Offshore Energy Best Innovation Award

01 September 2017


Barge Master is proud to announce that our motion compensated floating subsea drilling solution is nominated for the Offshore Energy Best Innovation Award.
Barge Master provided a new solution for subsea drilling from a floating barge. Something that has never been done before and not been possible without Barge Masters 3D motion compensation platform, the BM-T700. The new 3D compensated drill rig has been used recently for WTG  foundation installation by Boskalis.

The Award for “Best Innovation in Offshore Energy” is intended to highlight the best innovation in the entire offshore energy market, within the last two years (2016 and 2017). This innovation (project or technology) has to provide significant benefits (safety, cost reductions, efficiency etc.) beyond existing technologies, and has to be proven through full-scale application or successful prototype testing.
The jury decided that Barge Master’s floating drilling solution is in the top three of best innovations this year and should compete for the title of Best Innovation of 2017. The winner will be announced during the Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner on the 9th of October at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. For more information please visit the Offshore Energy Exhibition website.

Unique motion compensated drill rig

Large water depths, challenging soil conditions and an environmentally sensitive seabed made a floating solution the preferred option for the drilling operation. A team of engineers from Boskalis, DDC and Barge Master developed a modular set up for this delicate subsea drilling job. The modular solution consists of a standard barge outfitted with a Barge Masters motion compensation platform. The stabilized platform accommodates a drill rig, extended over the aft of the barge, and a crawler crane. The entire setup was mobilized within 2 weeks.

By compensating the 3D motions of the barge the drill rig operations could continue throughout the winter irrespective of waves and swell. The 70mT weighing drill bit was precisely lowered and positioned by the 3D compensated crawler crane, swing of the drill and drill pipe were completely eliminated. The motion compensated drilling platform and subsea drill made this 24/7 non-stop drilling operation very cost efficient and above all safe!

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Offshore Energy Exhibition

Barge Master will be present at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) in Amsterdam, on the 10th and 11th of October. The OEEC is the biggest offshore energy event in the Netherlands, with 650 participants and visitors from over 80 different countries. This annual event is focused on the complete offshore energy industry, from oil & gas to wind and marine energy.

Come and visit us at stand 1.144 to talk about our latest developments and see what solution we can provide for you.


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