Cleared barge for push equipment

19. July 2021

For three hectic weeks, crews from FFS have been working on dismantling a so-called push tool from a barge located in Lundevågen in Farsund.

Eight men have been involved in demobilizing the barge.

- It has been an insane amount of work. Only the crane that was going away weighs 25 tons alone, says John. W. Nilsen.

The barge, which is owned by the oil service giant Saipem, is built to transport platform legs out to the North Sea. These platform legs, also called jackets, are used on truss platforms built in steel - which is the most widely used type of platform in the world.

THE PLATFORM is composed of a tire supported by the jacket. The jacket is again attached to the seabed with piles or suction anchors.

- When the platform legs are to be launched, the barge is lowered into the stern and the jacket slides into the sea by itself. But sometimes it gets stuck and needs a push. Then this push equipment is used, Nilsen explains.

THE ASSIGNMENT TO FFS has been dismantling the push equipment from the barge and making it ready for shipping to Italy.

- The job has been large and demanding. Eight men have been on the move in these three weeks. Now we are at the finish line, says Nilsen.