INSTALLED BY ROV
After the equipment was shipped to the shore base, it was loaded onboard a dynamic positioning (DP1) vessel equipped with an ROV. The retrofit system included four ExpandaSleds (expanding RetroSleds), complete with two RetroClamps each, to be installed without the assistance of divers. Prior to deployment, the RetroClamps and tie-back cables were secured to the ExpandaSled frames using cable ties. Meanwhile, lifting slings and tag lines are attached to the collapsed sled. During deployment, the sleds, in folded configuration, were lifted safely off deck and lowered to the awaiting ROV for final positioning on the sea floor. Sleds were placed parallel, approximately 15 ft. off the pipeline.
The ROV then hauled the RetroClamps across the sea floor, laying them next to pipeline and breaking cable ties along the way. Afterward, the ROV transferred the winch line from the ExpandaSled’s lifting eyes to a nylon rope on the expanding eyes. The DP1 vessel then maneuvered approximately 30 meters in expansion direction, while slowly coming up on the winch until half of the sled was extended. The operator repeated this maneuver for the other side of the sled.After the sled was opened, the RetroClamps were secured onto desired pipeline locations by tightening the T-handle contact bolt until secure. The photos show the manipulator arm putting the RetroClamps into place. A CP probe was present to verify connection.