INSTANT PIPE LINE IS POSSIBLE WITH FLUOR'S BIG REEL BARGE "RB-2"

'Instant' Pipe Line Is Possible With Fluor's Big New Reel Barge The "RB-2" which was commissioned 3/20/70. The new offshore lay barge, built for Fluor Ocean Services Inc. by todd Shipyards Corp. at the Houston yard, carries a 79.5 ft dia pipe reel mounted horizontally on its bow. It can lay 40 miles of 4 in. pipe at depths to 1200 ft in a single continuous section, or 20 miles of 6 in. pipe to depths of 1000 ft, or 3.5 miles of 12 in. pipe to depths of 500 ft. With a full reel of 12 in. pipe weighing about 2 million pounds and balanced by ballast tanks in the after section, the fully equipped 275 ft by 80 ft barge has a draft of of about 9 ft. Pipelines can be laid at a rate of from 5000 to 10,000 ft/hr. The barge and its operation are described in detail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Gulf Publishing Company

    Box 2608
    Houston, TX  USA  77001
  • Publication Date: 1970-3

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  • Accession Number: 00056142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM