Norway: New marine heavy-lift idea gains momentum ///

SeaMetric International AS, a Stavanger-based company, was founded in April 2000 with the purpose of developing a more environmental friendly and cost-effective marine heavy-lift concept, relative to traditional methods. In addition, the operation will be more robust in harsh weather. Safety and energy consumption have been given priority. The idea is based on a novel combination of existing proven technologies. Several technical studies have been performed to confirm feasibility and to identify technical merits: Pre-engineering of lift system and barge Environmental assessments Marine stability and motion analyses Hydrodynamic calculations Model testing (Phase 1) Preparation of outline marine procedures Preparation of functional specifications Concept design verification.

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