Maritime Developments (MDL) has introduced a new cost-cutting proposition to global flex-lay following its latest a 110-tonne pipelay tensioner delivery.

The tensioner has been newly incorporated into the MDL Offshore Service to make it readily available to take on projects worldwide.

This new delivery was unveiled at the company’s testing facility in Peterhead during its client Open Day.

Mike Gaskin, MDL commercial director, said: “Ever since we announced our plans to bring to the market a larger model of our patented tensioner, the interest in the system has been on a constant rise.”

He added: “This has confirmed that we read the sector’s needs well, and demonstrates our commitment to delivering value propositions to the industry, rather than a single project-oriented commodity.”

TTS-4/310 aims to retain the safety and operational features of MDL’s four-track tensioner range such as failsafe grip system, self-centring tack system and a modular design.

This aims to make it a solution for global offshore operators and vessel owners who are looking to maximise their project opportunities while simultaneously reducing costs.

The 110Te system is the biggest delivered by MDL to date, with three 50Te systems preceding it. One of these is currently employed in South East Asia, and another already in use for multiple operations across the North Sea.

“Our flex-lay Offshore Service, which includes a highly skilled team of operators, is available to companies around the world who want to effectively reduce risks and costs on their flex-lay projects.”

As the latest addition to MDL’s Offshore Service suite, the TTS-4/310 complements a 50Te 4-track system, three reel drive systems (RDS) and an overboarding chute, as well as a range of deck radius controlling equipment, control and power units and ancillary products - all operated by MDL’s offshore crew.

By Alice Mason