January 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Offshore Jackup Systems Available In Kit Form From Baker Marine

There has been widespread interest from many parts of the world in building offshore oil and gas processing plants, LNG liquefaction plants, fertilizer plants, various types of industrial facilities, unloading piers, etc., in a well-equipped shipyard and then towing the unit to a remote location where the equipment is quickly put in operation.

In many cases this means helping underdeveloped countries speed up their development by building complete plants in an area which has the infrastructure to economically achieve this, and delivering the complete plant to the underdeveloped nation whose lack of infrastructure would make it 40 to 60 percent more expensive to build the industrial plant locally.

Such concepts frequently use jackup arrangements, but their large size and heavier weight differ from past offshore drilling unit applications of jackup systems.

The jackup leg components and the heavy-duty jacking system developed by Baker Marine Corporation are specially adapted to this new industrial use. They are made available by Baker Marine Corporation such that any reasonably well-equipped shipyard can use them to build jackup offshore plants, thus opening up many new possibilities for construction in a far wider range of shipyards.

The fabrication of jackup legs is traditionally a difficult task for shipyards. Similarly, the installation and commissioning of jacking systems is a specialized operation. Baker Marine Corporation has thus formulated a means of offering "kits" of jackup leg components, jacks, controls and technical supervision to enable jackups to be built at virtually any reasonably wellequipped shipyard.

Baker Marine Corporation is a Texas corporation, headquartered at its construction yard at Ingleside, Texas. These jacking systems, together with jackup leg 'components, are manufactured at BMC's plant at Cuddihy Field, Texas. For further information, contact Mr. P.M. Lovie, Houston Representative, Baker Marine Corporation, P.O. Box 19738, Houston, Texas 77024.

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