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Title:
BALLAST SYSTEM FOR TENSION LEG PLATFORM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2004050466
Kind Code:
B1
Abstract:
An apparatus and method for ballasting and de-ballasting a vessel (100) having a hull (102) with a plurality of waterlight ballast compartments (X1,X2,X3,8) wherein each ballast compartment has an individual pump caisson (10,20,30,80) extending vertically to the top of the hull, but the ballast/deballast system contains no valves within the hull. An external caisson (56) is used to provide a source of seawater. Several submersible pumps (121,123,111) are available for rigging into and out of the internal and external caissons and provide the ballast and de-ballast operations via an installed manifold system at the top of the columns. Venting (59) of the ballast tanks may be accomplished through a connection to atmosphere near the top of the pump caissons.

Inventors:
WYBRO PIETER G
KRYSKA TERRY
Application Number:
US0338017W
Publication Date:
August 26, 2004
Filing Date:
November 26, 2003
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Assignee:
MODEC INTERNATIONAL, L.L.C.
International Classes:
B63B13/00; B63B35/44; B63B39/03; (IPC1-7): B63B35/44
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