Last year around this time I was employed on the DP2-HLV “Fairplayer”, working in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel was chartered by Technip USA to install, in collaboration with their own vessels CSO “Deep Blue & CSO “Deep Pioneer” , 5 Free Standing Hybrid Risers (FSHR’s) for the Petrobras America Inc. Cascade & Chinook ultra-deepwater project.
The installation started with the mv “Deep Blue” deploying the riser in its entirety. The mv “Fairplayer” then moved in for a wet handshake, lifting the 2,300 m riser with the fore crane and placing it in a hang-off structure for connection to the buoyancy can. The whole assembly was then overboarded and lowered safely through the splash zone.
After lowering the assembly to 200 m, making deballast-stops underway, Technip made the connection between the riser and its foundation in the seabed at 2,500 m water depth and the mv “Fairplayer’s” hook was released.
Jumbo Offshore just released their promotion-video about the whole project:
Starring me for a split second @ about 33 seconds into the video (look closely & pay attention!).