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Caley Ocean Systems Delivers New 400-tonne Mobile Turntable to Mooring Systems

16 May 2011

Offshore handling equipment specialist, Caley Ocean Systems Ltd has designed and built what is believed to be the most adaptable offshore, mobile turntable of its kind in the UK, for spooling equipment hire company Mooring Systems Ltd in Aberdeen. Capable of handling a wide range of flexible products including cables, umbilicals, dynamic risers and hoses, the 400 tonne modular turntable spooler can be readily configured in either ‘reel' or ‘basket' modes; and is both sea and road transportable.

Built to the latest Lloyds Register rules for lifting appliances in a marine environment, the Caley turntable is capable of delivering almost 20km (12 miles) of 100mm cable in one batch. The turntable's carousel's dedicated spooling tower and large drum diameter ensure maximum product protection and highly accurate product spooling.

Caley Ocean Systems 400 Tonne and 75 Tonne Spoolers for Mooring Systems Ltd.

Designed from the outset for rapid deployment from any port in the UK at short notice, the turntable is fully modularised for transport by road and standard 40 foot flat rack at sea. Together with dedicated deck beams, the spooler has its own lifting gear allowing a single lift of the fully assembled system. Moreover, the combination of fully integrated hydraulic power unit (HPU), redundant drives and integral dual redundant braking system, all rated IP56, suitable for a marine environment, significantly reduce mobilisation times and ensure safe handling of overhung loads.

The turntable has been transported to Mooring Systems' warehouse and quayside facility at Montrose on the east coast of Scotland, joining another 75 tonne Caley Ocean Systems modular reel delivered earlier this year.

Mooring Systems general manager Douglas Davidson said: "The new turntable spooler has filled a gap in the market for a mobile, modular and - most importantly - transportable system that has particular applications for the burgeoning renewables market. We expect that 2012 will see a massive surge in the number of projects being commissioned and we have already experienced increased interest in our fleet of spoolers.”

The new spooler fills the space between conventional reels, which carry smaller payloads and the 1,000Te-plus turntables and carousels that are less adaptable and take longer to deploy. There is nothing quite like this in the UK rental market at present,” said Mr Davidson.

Gregor McPherson, sales director at Caley Ocean Systems, said his company's years of experience in developing quality handling equipment for the marine industry, had enabled the company to deliver a market leading product for Mooring Systems, adding: "Our manufacturing expertise and track record meant we were in a unique position to help develop and deliver a product customers – particularly in the renewables market – are looking for.”