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Maersk Drilling: First Order for "Chela" Crane

Posted by Greg Trauthwein

Maersk Drilling awarded GustoMSC the first order for the uniquely designed crane Chela, which is to be installed on Maersk Invincible (GustoMSC CJ70 design) which is currently operating on Valhall for AkerBP. Chela is desgined to improve safe handling underneath the cantilever and reduce total time spent on wells.
Chela offers an extra hand in operations as, due to its crablike motion characteristics, it can reach below the cantilever as well as elevate towards the main deck, providing crane access to an area traditionally blocked by the cantilever when drilling. "We are grateful that Maersk Drilling is putting its trust in Chela and further expanding our cooperation, which allows us to get closer to that ultimate and mutual goal: the highest level of safety and efficiency at sea", says Rutger Baan, Commercial Director GustoMSC.
GustoMSC commenced fabrication of the first Chela earlier last month. Since the project schedule is to fit into a planned rig mobilization in Q4 2018, the engineering and fabrication process started the day after an LOI was signed. By using the latest simulation techniques in fast tracking high specification equipment development and verification, the delivery schedule aimed for by the client can be achieved. GustoMSC has found support from several suppliers in this fast track delivery, especially JB systems for E&I and Breman Machinery as long term partner for high quality steel construction and assembly.

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