An innovative large walking jack-up barge, WaveWalker 1, is being developed by two companies from The Netherlands – Fugro and Van Oord – to move and operate in rough seas, surf zones, beaches and other intertidal locations.
The firms are working together on the design, construction
and operation of the jack-up, which is set to begin operating in the field
later in 2012 on drilling and blasting works for the Brazilian Suape Outer
Channel, a contract recently won by Van Oord.
WaveWalker can be operated in conventional four-legged mode,
or as an eight‑legged self-contained walking jack-up platform, capable of safe
operation and bi-directional movement while elevated. Undertaking geotechnical
site investigations, drilling and other underwater activity from a stable
platform with the added benefit of relocation without floating will reduce the
impact of sea conditions on the operational hours required for the Brazilian
operations and other harsh coastal zones.
Pioneering Jack-up Barge
April 23, 2012