Barge Master’s chief commercial officer Jan Dirk Hudig considers the added value provided by motion compensation
At this year’s Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, Barge Master’s chief commercial officer Jan Dirk Hudig* will liken motion compensation’s value to the decommissioning and plug and abandonment sectors to Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive and make reference to the chicken at the heart of Mercedes-Benz’s famous advert promoting this technology.
Mr Hudig believes up to 60% of the well decommissioning projects slated to happen in the North Sea are being underserved by conventional approaches, such as jackup rigs with catilver rigs, semisubmersible tender barges with offshore cranes and the use of platform cranes.
“There has not been much development in the space over the past 10-15 years and I believe there is a lot of opportunity here for OSVs with motion compensation,” said Mr Hudig.
“At the moment conductor pipes are removed by drilling units. We think a medium-sized OSV with motion-compensation solutions onboard can also perform this task.”
The centrepiece of his presentation will be a case study centred on Wagenborg’s walk-2-work Kroonberg which has a motion-compensated gangway and crane. Shell Nam chartered this vessel back in 2015. Mr Hudig reports that the vessel has transformed operations, delivering 1,309 productive days, and completing 3,742 motion-compensated crane transfers and 56,486 motion-compensated gangway transfers.
* Jan Dirk Hudig, chief commercial officer, Barge Master, will be presenting a paper titled Making decommissioning and P&A in the North Sea affordable by using motion compensation on 6 February at this year’s Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference in London