Vicinay Cadenas was recently selected by Technip USA to design and fabricate tether chains that will be utilized to secure the Free Standing Riser (FSR) assemblies, should they be deployed. The FSR assembly would be utilized when the Modular Capture Vessels (MCVs) are deployed at water depths greater than 2,000 feet.
Using specialized equipment as pictured below, chains are efficiently rotated through welding, cleaning and cooling steps.
Chain links are being slowly raised into a hot furnace to receive heat treatment. Following heat treatment, each link will be bathed in water to cool the steel, followed by testing for strength.
The Eagle Texas has entered the drydock in Dubai at Drydocks World Dubai (DWD) to continue the construction phase of the ship conversion. While in the drydock, this phase of the ship conversion of the Eagle Texas will include a variety of steel work to the forward and aft thruster rooms, installation of bridge wing extensions, under deck strengthening to support the new topside process modules and the turret outrigger, installation of a larger controllable pitch propeller, extensive rudder modifications, a new jib crane, and accommodation upgrades.
The image below features the aft view of Eagle Texas with the propeller and rudder removed. The cut out along the rear portside indicates the location of the ship’s engine room.
Marine engineers from the Marine Well Containment System Project discuss minimum tolerances regarding shortening of the intermediate propeller shaft.