FREMANTLE, Western Australia– Woodside has contracted MMA Offshore to provide accommodation and walk-to-work vessel services to support platform maintenance operations offshore Australia.
The multi-purpose support vesselMMA Pinnaclewill be fitted with a bespoke motion-compensated gangway system which will enable the safe and efficient transfer of personnel between the Woodside platforms and their accommodation on the vessel during the maintenance program. The program is expected to start this month.
The gangway system, based around a custom-built pedestal and a Safeway motion-compensated mast and gangway, is said to offer workability at the significant and variable platform heights required.
TheMMA Pinnacle, which is on a long-term structured contract with i-Tech 7, the Life of Field business unit of Subsea 7, is also permanently fitted with two Centurion SP work class WROVs capable of working in up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft). The vessel is also fitted with a 150-ton active heave compensated subsea crane capable of reaching depths of up to 3,000 m.