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  • Year: September 2013
  • Market: Offshore supply and support
  • Vessel: Happy D-type

FPSO modules

to Angra dos Reis

Happy Dynamic and Happy Dragon recently shipped nine FPSO modules from Singapore to Angra dos Reis, Brazil, for our client MTOPS. The nine modules will be part of the FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba MV24.

This FPSO is currently being converted from a VLCC at Keppel’s BrasFELS yard in Angra dos Reis. It will be operated in the Cernambi South Field at a water depth of 2,220 m and will be capable of processing 150,000 barrels of oil per day, 280 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and will have storage capacity of 1.6 milion barrels of total fluids. BigLift’s 150 m Happy D-Class ships look like dinghies next to the enormous FPSO!

The modules were built in Batam, Indonesia and Singapore and were delivered by barges alongside BigLift’s heavy lift vessels in Singapore’s Jurong port.

Six of the modules had to be loaded in a tandem lift operation. To be able to transport the almost 30,000 cbm of modules, of 320 mt to 520 mt, with only two vessels, BigLift designed two skid lanes in Happy Dynamic’s lower hold to skid two modules to the forward part of the hold. The two skid lanes were built by the vessel’s crew, using our standard equipment such as load-spreading pillars and UNP profiles.

Both vessels sailed in open top configuration which made it possible to stow some of the high modules on the tanktop. Positioning them there, has the advantage of increased stability during lifting, keeping the cargoes Centre of Gravity near to the ship’s, resulting in less acceleration forces during the voyage, and protecting the cargo from wind and waves.


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