Helix’s Q5000 En Route to Gulf of Mexico

Helix Well Ops’ new well intervention semi-submersible, the Q5000, set sail from Singapore, on May 11, on her journey of over 13,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Stopping at Mauritius, Namibia and Curacao en route, she will arrive in United States’ waters in the summer of 2015.

Helix is in discussions with various parties for work for the vessel for the period from her arrival date until the start of a five year contract with BP in April 2016, the company said.

Based upon the Q4000 design, the Q5000 is a much larger second generation intervention semi with enhanced capability for subsea intervention, construction and life of field services.

She is capable to perform a wide variety of tasks, including subsea well intervention, field and well decommissioning, installation and recovery of subsea equipment, well testing and emergency well containment.

Q5000 is outfitted with a multipurpose tower capable of fulfilling all traditional derrick roles, plus a deepwater crane with lifting capacity to 360mT and a work crane rated to 160 mT. The vessel’s design includes a 68 ft x 26 ft moonpool and 23 ft x 22 ft mechanized fully opening rig floor door, a 7- 3/8 inch intervention riser system, two 10,000 ft heavy-weather ROV systems and an overall deck load of 3,000 mT.

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