Subsea 7 completes Borr semisub inspection in North Sea

14 November 2019 (Last Updated November 14th, 2019 11:54)

Subsea 7’s Life of Field business division i-Tech 7 has announced the completion of an underwater inspection in lieu of dry-docking (UWILD) project.

Subsea 7 completes Borr semisub inspection in North Sea
i-Tech 7 solution inspects Borr’s semi- submersible in the North Sea. Credit: © Subsea 7 Limited.

Subsea 7’s Life of Field business division i-Tech 7 has announced the completion of an underwater inspection in lieu of dry-docking (UWILD) project.

i-Tech carried out a hull inspection for Borr Drilling’s Paragon MSS-1 mid-water semi-submersible, to meet American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards of intermediate survey certification. Instead of using divers, i-Tech 7 introduced a new solution using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to lower cost, risk, and allow uninterrupted drilling operations.

i-Tech mobilised an observation class ROV and supporting UWILD equipment to be installed on the MSS-1 submersible. The company also provided two ROV personnel and an inspector to complete the operations.

i-Tech 7 Europe, Africa and Canada regional director Robin Mawhinney said: “This is another great project example that showcases the strength and depth of our UWILD service offering.

“Our success lies in our repair expertise combined with our advanced automated analysis and data reporting capability. It is further strengthened with our extensive ROV fleet, large pool of inspection personnel and dedicated in-house support.

“We remain committed to building our track record in the delivery of reliable, cost-effective and safe inspection solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations.”

The company’s vessel-based UWILD solutions can also be used to perform inspections on mobile drilling units (MODUs) and floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs).

Borr Drilling rig manager Bjoern Ritter said: “i-Tech 7 presented a service at an attractive cost, with less risk and minimal disruption to operations.

“We were thoroughly impressed by the i-Tech 7 team who completed the hull survey in less than two weeks, despite some very testing weather conditions.”