Fugro unveils deepwater trenching machine

Fugro and Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) have developed a modular jet trenching and mechanical cutting system for applications including offshore and gas construction.

Offshore staff

WALLINGFORD, UK – Fugro and Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) have developed a modular jet trenching and mechanical cutting system for applications including offshore and gas construction.

The Q1400 is a tracked trenching system capable of free flying and operating in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft). It can perform jet trenching in soils of up to 100 kPa and mechanical chain cutting in soils of up to 250 kPa.

It comprises a common trenching module and separate tracked jetting and mechanical cutting skids, with a launch and recovery system rated to Lloyd’s sea state 6.

A deck-transfer skidding system, claimed to be unique, enables mode changes safely at sea without the requirement for cranage. Q1400 will be operable from vessels within Fugro’s fleet.

11/29/2011

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