Chocks protect drillship risers

PPS Glass Fibre has won a contract worth $350,000 to provide riser anti-roll chocks for four drillships owned by Stena Drilling.

Offshore staff

INVERURIE, UK -- PPS Glass Fibre has won a contract worth $350,000 to provide riser anti-roll chocks for four drillships owned by Stena Drilling.

The chocks, which PPS Glass Fibre manufactured using glass fiber, are safety mechanisms designed to prevent risers from moving around and either incurring or causing damage onboard the vessels.

Lesley Paterson, managing director of PPS Glass Fibre, said: “The manufacture of the chocks involved several months of research and development before a perfect weight and strength were captured. The finished product is lightweight yet robust at a weight of 25 kg, allowing for effective man handling in an offshore environment.

“Once the initial eight chocks were deemed a success, after several months of in-house and external/independent testing, Stena Drilling came back to us with an order for 330 more chocks, which will be used on all of their ships.”

12/10/2010

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