Unique Maritime to Use Seaflex’s Weights (Australia)

Rigging Rentals 145t water load test

Unique Maritime Group, one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, today announced a project, involving Seaflex WaterLoad Test Weights in Victoria, Australia.

Seaflex Ltd is a specialist in marine buoyancy products and water filled test weights. Headquartered on the Isle of Wight, UK, Seaflex specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of subsea air lift bags, inflatable buoyancy units, WaterLoad™ test weights, cable and pipeline installation buoyancy, lifeboat testing ballast bags, yacht fenders and yacht racing marks.

Load testing of a 145t crane using the Seaflex WaterLoad Bags was carried on the Skandi Hercules which is an offshore anchor handling & construction vessel owned by Norwegian company DOF. The vessel’s four smaller stores and anchor handling cranes were load tested using a Seaflex 5t WaterLoad Bag and 6.5t load cell.

Crane technicians from Seaflex’s Australian stock holding agent Lifting Victoria (a member of the Rigging Rentals Group) assisted with the major test which included re termination of new winch wire sockets. The test was completed with a 300t Maxibar from Rigging Rentals, rigged with five Seaflex 35t WaterLoad Bags. A final load of 145t was successfully applied to the NOV crane and the crane operator was happy to see the drain hoses released upon completion of the test.

Graham Brading – Managing Director of Seaflex Ltd was quoted as saying – “The quality of Seaflex WaterLoad Test Weights give confidence to test engineers around the world such as those used to perform this large load test in Victoria. All Seaflex WaterLoad Bags up to 35t have a proven safety factor in excess of 6 to 1, and are now available with Unique Maritime Group offices worldwide including South Africa, Scotland, North America, Middle East, Far East and of course the manufacturing facility in the UK.”

Press Release, August 15, 2012