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Offshore upgrade on Maersk Innovator

Rig projects is in the final stages of one of the largest offshore upgrades carried out by Semco Maritime.

Since April 2014 Semco Maritime has been busy performing upgrades on Maersk Innovator. The upgrade includes several new systems used for day to day operation as well as safety. New safety systems consist of new lifeboat station at starboard and port side, new marine evacuation (MES) system, new man overboard boat plus new muster areas at the main deck. Other new systems include a new hose reel station (HRS) for bunkering operations at starboard and port side plus new platforms for winches to operate raw water riser tensioner.

Challenging task

Rig upgrades are one of Semco Maritime’s core activities, but the Maersk Innovator project has been quite different compared to other projects. Primarily it is one of the biggest upgrades that Maersk Drilling has had carried out offshore, while the rig has been in full operation.

- It is always a challenge to install new systems on a rig in full operation. We had to perform meticulous planning in order to facilitate our crew due to limited room in the living quarters. On top of that, all installation had to be carried out without interrupting daily operations on the rig, explains Morten Hansen, Project Manager at Semco Maritime.

The scope of the operation and the logistical challenges may be illustrated by the fact, that about 80 ton of steel and 90 ton of equipment were installed as a part of the upgrade.

Successful outcome

For many years, Semco Maritime has successfully performed numerous rig upgrades while the rigs have been moored in the port of Esbjerg. So it was a natural choice to let staff at the Esbjerg HQ take charge of procurement and engineering for the project. We consider the project to be a success – with full customer satisfaction.

We have not had any accidents throughout this complex project. Semco Maritime has worked in full compliance with Maersk Drilling HSSE and permit to work system, thus maintaining a safe working environment. We have had an outstanding working relationship with the crew on Maersk Innovator, and this has made it much easier for the Semco Maritime staff to carry out their tasks, says Morten Hansen.

For Semco Maritime, the onshore project team included project management, engineering, procurement and logistics. The offshore project team was made up of offshore project management and 20 craftsmen on a two week rotation.

The entire project organisation numbered 47 Semco Maritime employees.

New office in Houston

New Houston office opened on 23 January offering services for rig customers in Canada, Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.

The opening of a new, larger office in oil capital Houston, Texas, marks a new leap forward for Semco Maritime. We have been present in Houston with a sales office for some years now. It is now time to expand the business, Vice President Tom Dalton explains: “Oil prices may fluctuate, but rig customers’ need of service and upgrades for their drilling fleet remains. Over the last few years we have built a solid customer base out of Houston, and we have substantial orders in the pipeline,” says Tom Dalton.


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Our global energy customers and partners benefit from the creativity, integrity and insight of our value-adding projects, solutions and manpower. We upgrade rigs and offshore platforms, refurbish offshore accommodation, install and maintain process modules, steel structures and piping systems for the Oil & Gas and windpower industries. Our fabrication facilities produce modules, spools, valves and skids for harsh offshore conditions. We are experts in integrated telecommunication, including PAGA, CCTV, TETRA radio, IT networks and satellite communications equipment.
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