Helix ESG accepted delivery of the Q5000 from Jurong Shipyard this week following sea trials. This DP3 well intervention rig is an upgraded version of its smaller, yet hugely successful sibling, the Q4000. She will soon be heading to the Gulf of Mexico via Mauritius, Walvis Bay and Curacao where, upon arrival, will conduct some work for various clients before starting a 5 year contract with BP in the second quarter of 2016.
Designed by the naval architects at Bassoe Technology in Sweden, in cooperation with Helix and Jurong Shipyard, the Q5000 provides a stable platform for a wide variety of tasks including subsea well intervention, field and well decommissioning, installation and recovery of subsea equipment, well testing, emergency well control support as well as subsea construction activities.
The Q5000 features a 750 ton tower capable of fulfilling all traditional derrick roles, plus a Huisman deepwater crane with lifting capacity to 440 tons and a work crane rated to 176 tons. The vessel also features a 81 ft x 26 ft moon pool and 23 ft x 22 ft mechanized fully opening rig floor door, a 73?8 in intervention riser system, two Triton XLS 150 hp deck-launched ROV systems and an overall VDL of 4,000 mT.
The vessel is powered by eight 3.9 MW Wärtsilä engines and eight thrusters.
The open deck space allows for quick and efficient loading and offloading of project supplies and equipment in a single lift.
All images courtesy Helix ESG
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