Norway: Kongsberg Evotec Secures Second BHSU Order for Vessel Viking Queen
Kongsberg Evotec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, has received an order for a second Bulk Hose Securing Unit, BHSU, for the LNG vessel ‘Viking Queen’ from Eidesvik Offshore ASA. Kongsberg Evotec developed the technology through Statoil’s LOOP technology development programme in cooperation with Innovation Norway and Eidesvik. The prototype was installed and tested aboard the Viking Queen in December 2010.
The prototype has completed an extended test program and the feedback has continued to be very positive. The companies involved reported that the BHSU system has supported human resource management improvements and achieved high operational safety levels.
Currently, crew on board vessels stand on a cargo rail to manually receive and secure bulk hoses used for the transfer of bulk cargo from ship-to-platform or vice versa. Kongsberg Evotec’s BHSU system makes the operation much safer as the procedure is now coordinated and maintained from the wheelhouse and crew no longer need to enter the hazardous area. This increases safety for both crew and vessel during critical bulk transfer operations.
Kongsberg Evotec AS was acquired by Kongsberg Maritime in October 2011 and is an established supplier of marine handling systems. In addition to the BHSU and other handling systems, Kongsberg Evotec also designs cranes, complete with handling systems including winches, power units, bulk handling and control systems.
Source: evotec, March 9, 2012