The concept of using column-stabilized semisubmersible support barges (SSSB) positioned alongside offshore platforms to provide gangway access for new platform construction is described briefly. Some historical information is related concerning development and use of this concept during construction of the Occidental consortium's Piper and Claymore platforms. Experience during more than 1,800 barge-days has proven the reliability of the SSSB concept for expanding access, efficiency, and productivity of platform construction over that previously achieved with conventional hulls in rough North Sea weather. The advantages and disadvantages of both conventional and SSSB hull configurations for different aspects of platform construction support are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Petroleum Engineers

    6200 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX  United States  75206
  • Authors:
    • EDWARDS, W R
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

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  • Accession Number: 00194814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM