27th January 2022
Pipeshield International Limited, a Tekmar Group company, is pleased to announce the award of a patent for its high payload multi-lift concrete mattresses solution – the SUPER-MAT.
Since its invention and patent application, the SUPER-MAT has been a revelation in the Offshore Energy and Marine Civils markets. Designed as a lifting device when used with Pipeshield’s specialist heavy duty quick release frames the SUPER-MAT enables the handling of mattresses in stacks, providing substantial savings during vessel mobilisations and offshore installation activities.
The SUPER-MAT lifting device acts as a base mattress that connects directly to a unique lifting frame. Additional mattresses are then stacked on top and are lifted simultaneously with the SUPER-MAT carrying the load. This can reduce the number of lifts required by up to 5 times depending on the mattress type. Once loaded on the vessel, the SUPER-MAT is left in place and can be deployed offshore either as a standard mattress or as a mattress stack for further deployment subsea.
By optimising the loadout and offshore installation process, the SUPER-MAT solution provides substantial savings on handling, installation and vessel costs, as well as deck space and additional equipment hire charges associated with other commonly used industry practices such as Speedloaders.
The SUPER-MAT was designed and developed by Pipeshield’s in-house Technical Design Team as part of an ongoing R&D programme that brings new and improved products to the industry to improve existing methodologies, safety, vessel utilisation, and best working practice. The SUPER-MAT has already been used by many of the energy majors and has been independently assessed and technically approved by a major subcontractor for the multiple handling of concrete mattresses.
Steve Howlett, Pipeshield Managing Director commented “Pipeshield’s aim is to deliver the most cost effective and technically viable solutions for applications within our sector of industry. The SUPER-MAT concept and development is another example of best practice introduced by Pipeshield to improve operational efficiencies and add value to the customer’s bottom line”.
This new patent award illustrates Tekmar Group’s continued investment in its core markets and technology, which aligns with the company’s growth strategy to maintain and strengthen its market leading position, future proof its technologies and diversify into new markets, regionally and across the whole project life cycle, in offshore wind and marine civils.