MARINE: AMS Tackles Celtic Sea Project
Recent Western Cape Business News
SINCE the arrival of the Transocean semi-submersible rig GSF Celtic Sea into Saldanha in March many companies in the Western Cape have enjoyed the effect the rig has had on local business and none perhaps more so than African Maritime Services (AMS), well known by many as a leading supplier of commercial fishing gear.
AMS’s offshore and lifting division is also now building a solid reputation in the maritime and offshore industry to match that of the company’s well respected 15-year-old fishing division.
AMS was initially contracted by Transocean to refurbish, service or replace if necessary various blocks and sheaves onboard the Celtic Sea - nine in total.
This included two 25 ton Riser handling crane bottom blocks, two 62.5 ton Headache Ball Assemblies (pictured) and two massive 85 ton Seatrax crane main bottom blocks, the size of which was a real challenge.
Andrew Tapping, AMS’s marine and offshore manager says: “In the 25 years I have been involved in the lifting industry these are by far the largest blocks I have ever worked on.”
“The size was not the only challenge we faced - the fact that the blocks had sheared bolts, had been exposed for so long to the elements and a tight schedule meant a few late nights had to be put in to get the job done.”
As well as stripping, sandblasting, MPI testing, inspecting, refurbishing, reassembling, painting and certifying all the blocks Transocean also entrusted AMS to manufacture and supply bearings, steel wire rope and additional new blocks which included a 750kg bearing with a 830 mm diameter for the main traction winch, Teufel-berger ultra high performance steel wire ropes of various sizes and lengths from 25mm to 34mm, and 11 spelter socketed life boat falls of 26mm.
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