A Dutch salvage expert believes that techniques developed by the global salvage industry could be
usefully deployed for offshore decommissioning in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).
Jelle Lanting, commercial manager of Manmoet Salvage BV, told DecomWorld that since every
shipwreck presents a unique mix of risks and opportunities, salvage companies have to be ‘terribly
Recent Manmoet projects include the recovery of a capsized rock barge off the English coast and a
monsoon-damaged drilling rig in the South China Sea.
“For those companies who construct offshore oil and gas infrastructure, salvage companies are not
regarded as proven,” he said, “but the fact is we have to be terribly creative in dealing with a host of
unknowns in totally unique situations.”
Mr Lanting, who will be addressing DecomWorld’s Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment
Summit in Houston, said that techniques which could be applied to offshore decommissioning
include creating buoyancy in sunken structures to partially refloat them for greater manoeuvrability.
Another approach is the modularization of equipment, such as hydraulic chain pullers, which allows
the scaling up of capacity to whatever level is required.
“If you have a chain puller capable of lifting 300 tons each, and you deploy 10, 15, 20 or more of
them for a given operation, there are almost no limits on what you can do,” he said.
Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, 10-12 March, 2014 in Houston will
explore innovative recovery techniques and provide delegates with in-depth market forecasts and
expert-level perspectives to equip them for the imminent challenges of GOM decommissioning.
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