ABERDEEN, UK-- First Subsea has issued details of a new diverless bend stiffener connector today at Offshore Europe. The Type 2 connector eases connection of flexible risers and umbilicals in locations constrained for space.
The connectors are fully self-latching, with no need for diver intervention, hydraulics or external control, and minimal ROV intervention for visual checks. These features, the company claims, lead to faster and safer installations of subsea equipment.
First Subsea's connectors, developed with Trelleborg Offshore, can be deployed with a platform's existing I/J tubes, with or without bellmouths, using the male connector only; or as a complete male/female unit. The design has been proven via fatigue tests wutnessed by DNV.