Four wireless compression load cells with centre of gravity software were used to weigh two subsea fabricated platforms at Pentalver’s shipping facility at Southampton Docks, UK recently.

The accuracy and reliability of the equipment, coupled with the ease of use and portability, was key to the successful outcome of the platform weighing project

The accuracy and reliability of the equipment, coupled with the ease of use and portability, was key to the successful outcome of the platform weighing project

Straightpoint supplied the 50t WNI50TC load cells to Rapid Response Solutions, which was tasked with weighing the remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) launching platform for Metcalfe Farms Heavy Haulage. There was a discrepancy on weight between the shipping company and the manufacturer and an accurate weight was required from a third party.

Stuart Trinder, the business development associate for projects at Rapid Response, explained that a container handler was used to lift the platforms, which measured 6m long by 2.5m wide and eventually weighed in at just over 36t apiece.

He said: “Once the ROV launching platform was safely lifted, we placed wooden blocks under the unit and lowered it. We then used hydraulic jacks to lift the platform enough to place the wireless compression load cells into position and lowered the platform.”

The centre of gravity software was loaded onto a laptop, allowing Trinder and the lift team to receive real time data wirelessly from the units and send a PDF containing the data instantly to the client.

By Jake Frith