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  • Following the catastrophic hurricanes which ravaged the Gulf of Mexico in the 2000’s, Versabar developed game changing lifting solutions to remove infrastructure from the Gulf region.

  • A large number of topsides and jackets were destroyed and sunken to the sea bed, understandably needing safe removal to prevent environmental damage.

  • Versabar developed the VB-4000, and subsequently the VB-10000 to address the range of platforms due to be removed.

  • Following discussions with US and International Major Operators, Versabar developed the Claw structure to lift entire structures from the sea bed in a safe and efficient fashion.

  • The standing structures due for decommissioning were removed with a variety of lifting configurations using the lifting beams, and 4 block system that can identify the centre of gravity and distribute the weight evenly across all 4 blocks.

  • The removal techniques proved so safe, successful, time and cost efficient that Versabar have a phenomenal proven track history of over 200 topsides and/or jacket lifts in the Gulf of Mexico, with zero LTIs.

  • All lifts were performed in compliance with ABS and the US Coast Guard, and with the operator’s HSE requirements.

  • In addition to performing safe and efficient lifts, Versabar has delivered on the collaborative approach, by campaigning multiple assets across various operators to drive performance and reduce cost.

  • Versabar Inc and VersaUK aim to bring these learnings, case studies and innovation to the UK sector to support Heavy Lift requirements of up to 7,500 Tonnes.

  • The VB-10000 is the ideal candidate for Southern North Sea, Irish Sea, Dutch and Danish sectors due to the lift capacity, catamaran stability and efficiency.

Decommissioning Enquiries

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