LARS will launch a Basket to make connections 3,000 metres deep to power subsea tooling.

Hydramec and Scantrol have teamed up in another project to supply an Active Heave Compensated (AHC) launch and recovery system (LARS), this time to AKOFS Offshore, the Norway-based firm that provides vessel-based well construction and intervention services.

Hydramec AHC LARS

Hydramec AHC LARS

Credit: Hydramec Offshore Hydraulics Systems Ltd

It is the first time UK hydraulics firm Hydramec and Norway software firm Scantrol have worked alongside AKOFS.

The Basket LARS needed some design alterations, which were made by INNOVA, also in Norway, and it will now be used to launch the Basket to make electrical connections up to 3,000 metres deep to power subsea tooling.

”The LARS required a basket landing area, which has been equipped with protective cow catchers to ensure that the Basket does not damage anything,” say the firms. ”Guiding hydraulic gates have also been fitted on the front of the LARS to assist in directing the Basket into position. The LARS has also been equipped will full radio remote control as well as an operator’s panel and touch screen, which will be installed in the client’s control room.”

A Scantrol-supplied mTrack AHC controller has been integrated into the LARS by Hydramec for tfhe 15th time, says Scantrol Project Manager Simon Hauge. 

“Another mTrack delivered to Hydramec, easily configured and integrated into a new application,” he said. “Hydramec has installed and commissioned the mTrack system themselves.”