Rem Offshore’s subsea vessel Rem Saltire has been mobilised for a project in the US. But first its existing infrastructure had to be removed to make way for the requirements of the new role
Following work in the European offshore wind market, the subsea construction vessel Rem Saltire was mobilised at The Netherlands-based Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) for its long-term charter to Oceaneering AS for work in the US.
Owned by Rem Offshore, the 9,603 gt Rem Saltire’s mobilisation involved the fabrication and installation of a sub-frame and the fitting of a winch and an A-frame. This is to prepare the vessel for the receipt of ROVs and other deck equipment that will be fitted for the project when it arrives in the US. A 60-ton subsea crane was also positioned on the aft deck and secured with sea fastenings.
Prior to its charter to Oceaneering, the Rem Saltire underwent demobilisation at DSV. From 27 December to 15 January, the shipyard removed Rem Saltire’s trench-digging system, which had been used to support a contract with Ørsted A/S for the transport, installation and burying of infield cables for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the North Sea off the coast of Germany.
Rem Saltire then spent three days in the shipyard’s open-air dry dock to have the seals on its thrusters serviced.
While the vessel was in dry dock, preparations were underway for removing the remaining deck structure, so that when the vessel was afloat once again, a crane could lift its trench-digging system onto the quayside and work could start immediately on returning the deck to its standard format and condition.