“DISCO BUOY” Basin Test and Function Tests Complete!

“DISCO BUOY” Basin Test and Function Tests Complete!
As part of the funding received from Department for BEIS for their Floating Wind programme, LMC’s Disconnectable Mooring and Cable System for Floating Wind has performed as predicted in the 1:70 scale basin tests, and 1:4 scale function tests recently completed at University of Plymouth COAST LAB!

Please contact Nick Palmer and the team to find out more!

– Simple, Quick, and Controlled method of connect and disconnect
– Suitable for single point body-yawing and multi-point spread mooring solutions
– Suitable for semi-submersible and barge shaped floating wind platforms
– Modular design of buoyancy and latch systems, to allow for variations in:
~ Number, size and type of mooring lines and dynamic power cables
~ Site parameters, water depth and environment
– Limit requirements of personnel transfer for connection and termination of mooring and power cable
– Hook up / pull in can be on-platform or from supporting vessel
– Minimises offshore operations duration and vessel requirements
– Reduced mooring pull in tensions due to buoyancy module
– Supports Tow-to-Port maintenance strategy
– Decoupling of mooring and power cable pre-installation from the final hook-up
– Reduction in weather downtime
– Enables offshore installation to align with the “1 per week” construction strategy
– Reduced risk of damage to mooring / power cable during installation and disconnection
– Buoy system shall maintain control of and protect the mooring / power cable prior to hook up of the platform and during disconnected status by:
– Maintaining position within the water column and below the wave zone, ready for connection / reconnection (rather than laying on the seabed or in the wave excitation zone where a greater risk of damage exists)
– Eliminate the requirement to remove buoyancy modules from the power cable (and mooring system) during disconnected stage (to remove the hog bend and wet store)