HOUSTON – Chet Morrison Contractors LLC has acquired two pipelay/construction barges and a saturation diving system, effectively doubling the size of its pipelay barge fleet and increasing its saturation diving capabilities.
The company acquired the following:
• TheLB Super Chief, a 265-ft x 72-ft (81-m x 22-m) ABS-classed pipelay barge with accommodations for 93 personnel. It is outfitted with a 100 KIP pipe tensioner, is US flagged, and provides extended capabilities for pipe size and water depth lay and recovery.
• TheDLB Subsea Vision, a 415-ft x 100-ft (126-m x 22-m) ABS-classed pipelay and construction barge with accommodations for up to 140 personnel. It is outfitted with a PDI large diameter pipelay system with a 100 KIP pipe tensioner, a Seatrax 300-ton crane, and a moonpool.
• Saturation diving system, a 12-man ABS-classed portable IMCA compliant diving system capable of diving to depths up to 1,000 ft (305 m).
The acquisition complements the company’s existing fleet of pipelay barges consisting of theCM-15, CM-9, and its two six-man saturation diving systems. One is a portable system and one is installed on the DSV Joanne Morrison, a 240-ft (73-m) saturation diving vessel. The DSV Joanne Morrison recently completed a major drydock with upgrades to the vessel and diving systems.