System 2000’s RollSafe deck, a dropped object protection system developed to protect personnel and equipment, has been installed on the Rowan Viking jack-up oil rig.
The RollSafe deck was manufactured at System 2000’s Birmingham manufacturing base before transportation to Aberdeen and then shipping to the Rowan Viking jack-up rig. All steel framework parts were blast cleaned and coated with a 2 pack high build epoxy urethane 990 to ensure best protection from the harsh elements in the North Sea.
The colour chosen was RAL 1003 to conform to rig requirements. The aluminium shutter lath were anodised to surface class 5 to further assist in corrosion resistance. Anodising increases the thickness of the oxide layer found naturally on aluminium, thus increasing resistance to harsh conditions such as sea water.
Installation of the RollSafe deck on the Rowan Viking was performed out at sea. The process was scheduled during a routine rig shutdown, so no production time was lost. System 2000 are able to adapt to meet the needs of the client, thus ensuring a smooth installation procedure.
The installation consisted of two phases – a mechanical installation which involved securing the cassette and lath guides, and later – an approved electrical installation to allow the shutter to be operated to ATEX standards. The shutter can also be wound out manually by following a set procedure. Should the electrical supply fail for any reason, the RollSafe deck can be easily deployed by one operator.
Now operational, RollSafe is protecting personnel and equipment in the moonpool area of the Rowan Viking, allowing workers to operate in a safer environment. The RollSafe deck is also effective at improving the inside conditions by shutting out the harsh weather of the North Sea, and is capable of remaining deployed in all weather conditions.