Offshore crane adapted to provide increased reach
GustoMSC has issued an update on refinements to its new multi-purpose offshore crane, Chela.
SCHIEDAM, the Netherlands – GustoMSC has issued an update on refinements to its new multi-purpose offshore crane, Chela.
Earlier this year Maersk Drilling placed the first contract for the crane and has since worked with GustoMSC and Aker BP on further improvements.
The main enhancement is an increased reach capability under the cantilever, said to improve material handling and safety capabilities over the wellhead area.
This has been achieved by introducing an additional “link” that provides greater flexibility in movement for the lifting tip, thereby increasing reach and control of the supported object.
Chela can reach below the cantilever as well as elevate and reach toward the main deck, providing crane access to an area not normally accessible due to blocking of access by the drilling cantilever.
Its safety features allow these tasks to be performed while simultaneously conducting operations on a well from the drill floor, without the need to shut-in other wells, GustoMSC added.