Aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck boosts offshore safety, reduces operational costs by increasing landing windows
Barge Master, a producer of motion compensated equipment for the offshore industry, has partnered with Bayards Aluminium constructions, a specialist in lightweight and maintenance free structures for the offshore industry, to design the first aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck (MCH).
Vessel motions can often have an adverse effect on the safety and costs of offshore operations, limiting the window in which helicopters can land. According to its developers, the new helideck aims to answer the call for increased safety offshore by expanding the window for offshore helicopter landings in severe weather conditions.
The new MCH is driven by three actuators compensating two translations (sway and heave) and one rotation (roll) of the vessel it is installed on. This ensures that the platform stays in an earth-fixed steady position and that the influence of sea-induced vessel motions will no longer be a limiting factor for offshore operations.
Both Bayards and Barge Master will be at OTC Houston 2014.