Anchor handling vessel Island Victory has set a world record on the Solveig field in the North Sea. In connection with an anchor-laying operation, the vessel pulled the anchor line with a continual force of a whopping 440 tonnes. No vessel has ever managed such a feat all on its own.
Over the last few days, the vessel has been busy laying anchors in preparation for the West Bollsta drilling rig to drill production wells on the Solveig field. The anchors are fastened by pulling them with such tremendous force that they embed themselves into the seabed. Island Victory is the strongest anchor handling vessel in the world. And never before have such forces been achieved using just one vessel. That means this can be called a world record.
Efficient to use one large boat
Two boats pulling simultaneously are usually used in cases where a significant degree of force is required to fasten anchors in the seabed. The engine power on Island Victory means that one of the vessels can be ‘spared’. That means that this is the most efficient boat we can use for this type of job.
The Solveig field is situated in the central part of the North Sea. It is being developed with subsea installations that will be tied into the Edvard Grieg platform. Water depths in the area are around 100 metres, which is shallow in this context. There is also a lot of infrastructure in place in the form of pipelines and cables on the seabed, which means a high degree of precision is required when the anchors are laid. The margin of error is just a few metres.
Now all 8 anchors and anchor lines are in place and ready for hook-up to the West Bollsta.