Mammoet recently introduced its Versatile Ballast System, something it says is an improved ballast system that simplifies and combines ballasting for load-out and float-over operations. It is a sophisticated, yet simple, fully modularized system that is easily installed and fits any barge without the need for modifications. The system uses one equipment set-up that is able to perform both ballasting operations. This significantly shortens the period for installation and decommissioning of the system on the barge, ultimately saving on barge rental time. Depending on other float-over preparations, it can accelerate the installation time to get the platform in production up to one week earlier. The Versatile Ballast System eliminates the need to convert the ballast system after load-out. This time-saving can speed up the platform production date by up to one week (depending on other float-over preparations). It can be installed within two weeks, using a minimum of equipment, manpower and space. The main part of the installation can be performed on the quayside. This can save up to five weeks of barge rental time. Decommissioning of the system is also faster; adding a further two – three weeks of time-savings.
(As published in the June 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeReporter)