Watch: Aasta Hansteen Topside Float-Over

Aasta Hansteen top side float-over installation from Boskalis|Dredging&Marine Experts on Vimeo.

By The Maritime Executive 12-12-2017 04:41:13

Boskalis has successfully completed a dual vessel float-over operation of the Aasta Hansteen topside. 

The Aasta Hansteen FPSO SPAR is a gas production and storage platform that will be operated by Statoil on the Aasta Hansteen field approximately 300 kilometers off the coast of Norway. The SPAR is a floating installation consisting of a vertical cylindrical hull moored to the seabed. It was designed by Technip-USA and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.

Boskalis subsidiary Dockwise has played a critical role in the transportation of the Aasta Hansteen SPAR from South Korea to Norway and the topside installation. With this, Boskalis has broken some engineering records with the transport of the largest and heaviest SPAR ever and the largest catamaran topside float-over.

The SPAR hull was transported horizontally by Boskalis from the yard in South Korea to a fjord near Stavanger in Norway. The cylindrical buoy, with a diameter of 50 meters, 198 meters length and weight of 46,000 tons, was transported by the Dockwise Vanguard earlier this year.

Subsequently, Boskalis transported the 24,300 tons topside which was also built in Korea. This operation was carried out with the White Marlin, the newest and second largest vessel in the Dockwise fleet.

The third and final phase was the installation of the topside on top of the SPAR hull. Once the White Marlin arrived in Norway, the topside was transferred onto two S-class vessels, the smallest in the Dockwise fleet. After accurately positioning these two vessels on either side of the White Marlin, they started un-ballasting whilst the White Marlin ballasted down and maneuvered out from underneath. The result was a sort of catamaran structure with the topside linking the two hulls. 

Over the weekend, the catamaran structure with the topside was towed out to the vertical SPAR hull. Once everything was in position above the substructure, the mating operation between the hull and topside was successfully completed.

1. Transport of SPAR hull on board of the Dockwise Vanguard (© Flying Focus):

2. Transport of the topside on board of the White Marlin (© Flying Focus):

3. Topside transfer onto the S-class vessels creating a catamaran structure (© Espen Rønnevik/Boskalis):

4. Topside float over installation with the tip of the SPAR hull above the waterline in between the S-class vessels (© Espen Rønnevik/Boskalis):

5. The end result - the topside neatly installed on the SPAR hull (© Espen Rønnevik/Boskalis):