The HiLoad concept is an innovative utilization of basic laws of nature.
The new Hiload unit has arrived Kristiansand, Norway.
OSM entered the project at an early stage. Initially, we provided valuable operational exeperience and competence into the project as well as assisted Remora in the development and marketing efforts. The last years, OSM provided the crew onboard and technical superintendent that all have assisted Remora during the construction phase and finally the testing and commissioning, says Managing Director Morten Mellerud.
After more than 40 successful connections and disconnections to a Aframax tanker, the unit was ready for demonstration the last week of January, in front of almost a complete show up of oil majors, vessel owners and other potential customers
- Needless to say, our crew performance was excellent and also at the decisive moment. All invited guests and customers could observe a perfect connection to the tanker followed by an impressive DP maneuvering operation done by the HiLoad at a «dead ship», says Mellerud.
The HiLoad’s sailing crew consists of two DPOs (Dynamic Position Operator), one engineer and one electrician. The crew is a combination of Remora’s staff and personnel from OSM. OSM has signed a contract with Remora to supply operating personnel to the HiLoad DP no. 1’s two rotating crews.
Remora is an oil service company, focusing on providing the international market with innovative solutions for offshore loading of oil. The company was incorporated in 2002 and has its registered head office in Stavanger, Norway, with a branch office in Houston, USA, and subsidiaries in Cyprus and Lagos, Nigeria. The range of HiLoad applications spans from offshore loading of crude oil, turret mooring of FSOs and FPSOs, as well as a mobile propulsion or Dynamic Positioning (DP) system for seagoing vessels such as barges and floating rigs.
The HiLoad concept is an innovative utilization of basic laws of nature. The ballasting system combined with a large square area of friction rubber enables the HiLoad units to replace the water pressure on the tanker hull with no mechanical connection - resulting in a friction force 20 times larger than needed to keep a tanker vessel in position in rough sea conditions.