Oceaneering Orders Sparrows Under-Rollers

Sparrows Group, and its cable and pipe-lay solutions (CPLS) division, has been awarded a contract by Oceaneering to design and manufacture two 500-tonne powered and jack-able under-rollers.

According to the company, the new under-roller system is suitable for use with reels of up to 11.4m outer diameter. It provides up to 10 tonnes of line pull at the outer reel diameter which is particularly beneficial for steel-tubed umbilicals.

Sparrows facilities in Aberdeen will design and manufacture the under-rollers before undergoing testing. The under-rollers will then be delivered to Oceaneering in Panama City where Sparrows will perform the assembly and site acceptance testing.

Local after-care support for the under-rollers will be supplied by Sparrows’ service centre in Slidell, Louisiana.

Sparrows Group chief executive officer, Stewart Mitchell, said: “This contract award marks a significant milestone for Sparrows Group in that not only are the under-rollers believed to be the first of the design and capacity in the marketplace but it underlines the added value we bring through our integrated services, responsiveness and after-care support.”