Schaeffler successfully replaces 26-tonne main reel bearings on pipelay vessel

Schaeffler (UK) Ltd has successfully completed the replacement of two, six-tonne main pipe reel bearings on one of Technip’s longest-serving pipelay vessels, the Apache.

In August 2009, Schaeffler manufactured and delivered two replacement bearings for the main reel. “Technip liked the fact that one supplier could carry out the complete replacement exercise, including the supply of the bearings, as well as the dismounting and mounting services,” adds Marshall.

In October 2009, at Technip’s shipyard in Pori, Finland, fitters from Schaeffler dismounted the original bearings. The fully assembled main reel was then lifted and conveyed into position onboard the vessel. The reel was transferred, thereby providing the new vessel with greater capability and flexibility to lay a much wider range of rigid pipelay product.

As Marshall concludes: “Using its vast in-house expertise, Schaeffler was able to ensure that the job was completed for Technip on time and within the agreed budget.”

“The main pipe reel on an ocean-going vessel is a critical piece of equipment. If this fails for any reason while the ship is laying pipe, project delays could result in costly financial penalties from the end client. Therefore, minimising our customer’s downtime was essential.”

Mac Court, Package Manager at Technip commented: “We were pleased with the work done by the Schaeffler engineers. They took a very diligent, professional approach to the task in hand and did exactly what was required.”

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