GustoMSC delivers Chela crane to Maersk Drilling

GustoMSC, the developer of the Chela crane, has transferred the multi-functional arm to Danish offshore driller Maersk Drilling.

Chela crane; Source: GustoMSC

GustoMSC said on Tuesday that Maersk Drilling would be the first offshore company which was going to work with Chela.

Since its introduction in 2016, the Chela crane has grown from the drawing board into a piece of equipment.

In presence and with input from involved parties Maersk, AkerBP, JB Systems, and Breman Factory, the FAT test was successfully performed showing Chela’s capabilities and facilitating a fast-track start-up for Maersk.

Before the summer of 2019, Chela will be installed on the Maersk Invincible, a GustoMSC CJ70 drilling jack-up design, which is about to operate on the giant oilfield Valhall in the North Sea for AkerBP. Offshore installation of the crane on the Maersk Invincible will be managed by Maersk.

Chela is capable of lifting 22 tonnes at a 21-meter radius underneath the cantilever at any position and does not obstruct any wellhead deck space.

The crane, with its crablike motion characteristics, can reach below the cantilever as well as elevate towards the main deck, providing crane access to an area usually blocked by the cantilever when drilling.

It is worth reminding that Maersk Drilling awarded GustoMSC the first order for the Chela crane back in May 2018.


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