Big Living Quarters Module For North Sea Production Rig Delivered By Blohm + Voss Yard

The living quarters module Fulmar A (shown above), one of the biggest and most completely equipped units of its kind, has been designed and built for operation on the production platform of the Shell/Esso Group and the Gas Council/Amoco Group in the Fulmar A Field of the North Sea.

The new module has a number of innovations and superlatives. The structure is 36 meters long, 20.5 meters wide, and 25.5 meters high (about 118 by 67 by 84 feet) including the helicopter deck with double hangar, which for the first time was assembled at the Blohm + Yoss shipyard.

The unit's exhaust tower, which is 45 meters (147.6 feet) high with a base area of 5 by 8 meters (16.4 by 26.2 feet), is said to be the only one in the world fitted to a living quarters module. Another innovation: this module is built in the stiffened plate design instead of by the box girder method normally used for offshore units.

When the Fulmar A reached its destination some 500 kilometers from Hamburg, a semisubmersible crane ship with a total lifting capacity of 2,700 tons lifted the module up to the deck of the platform, which is more than 40 meters (131.2 feet) above the water level.

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