June 2, 2015
Canstruct staff were jubilant early this morning on June 2 when a major milestone was achieved in New Caledonia. 10 pipe strings totaling 3,567 metres in length have now been laid on the ocean floor, in water up to 58 metres in depth.
This is a week ahead of schedule, which is a huge achievement. A lot of science and engineering had to go into the sinking operation to overcome the water pressure. There were also some major challenges with the weather, and even a sea-snake attack on a crew member. Fortunately the crew member has recovered well and was back at work for the next shift!
The currents and tides were a lot stronger than expected which was a challenge in laying the pipe. Currents were above the predicted three knots and winds were up to 25 knots. When we designed the Barge, the Aquane, we decided to use a different never tested design – it was a calculated risk that paid off!
Project Manager, Adrian Murphy explained that the New Caledonian site team had made a pact not to shave until the last pipe had been laid. So the Canstruct and Maritime boys have been looking pretty hairy and are all looking forward to a shave down! (Just quietly, so are their wives).
Adrian said that ” I would like to thank my team, the Vale Project Manager David Turk, the Maritime Construction guys and Design Engineers, Madsen Giersing for a sterling effort!”