Patents Assigned to Heerema Marine Contractors
  • Publication number: 20180320558
    Abstract: A system for generating electrical energy comprises a circuit containing a working fluid, an evaporator configured for boiling the working fluid, a turbine driven by the vaporized working fluid, and an electric generator coupled to the turbine for creating electric energy. The system further comprises a condenser for condensing the working fluid which flows from the turbine, and a pump for pumping the working fluid through the circuit. A hydrocarbons pipeline transports hydrocarbons having a hydrocarbon temperature from a well, a seawater intake is configured for taking in seawater having a seawater temperature, and a seawater discharge is configured for discharging the seawater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicants: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE, Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventors: Tom Laurent Hubert FRIJNS, Cornelis VAN ZANDWIJK, Remi BLOKKER, Berend-Jan KLEUTE
  • Patent number: 10107444
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a Field Joint Coating (FJC) for a pipeline, the method comprising: providing a pipe section to be joined to a similar pipe section or free end of a pipeline, wherein each pipe section is provided with a coating comprising a thermal insulation layer over a length of the pipe section having a protruding section, wherein the end zones of each pipe section are free of thermal insulation, thereby allowing access to the ends of the pipe section and the pipeline to connect the pipe section with the free end of the pipeline, applying an anti-corrosion coating layer on a connection region of the joined ends of the pipe section and the pipeline, heating the protruding section and applying an intermediate coating layer of a thermoplastic material on the anti-corrosion coating layer and the protruding section, applying a thermal insulation layer on the intermediate coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Helen Rose Boyd, Lara Elizabeth Wills
  • Patent number: 10024015
    Abstract: A support device configured to be positioned on a lifting vessel in order to support a topside of an offshore platform, the support device comprising: a main cylindrical casing having an upper opening, the main casing defining a main vertical axis, the main casing further defining an upper support rim, a reservoir located inside the main casing for holding a granular material or a fluid, the reservoir having a discharge opening for emptying the reservoir, a spring support slideably arranged within the main casing, the spring support resting on the granular material or the fluid and being movable from an upper position to a lower position in dependence on a filing degree of the reservoir, a spring device positioned on the spring support, a receptor support positioned on the spring device, the receptor support defining an upper surface, and a receptor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Onno Ludolf De Waard, Ernst Frederik Jacobus Van Bruggen
  • Patent number: 9738354
    Abstract: The invention provides a lifting device (1) for lifting a leg of at least one part of a sea platform comprising a support structure and a top side, wherein the lifting device comprises: a base structure (2) to be mounted on a vessel; a gripping device (3) to grip the leg, wherein the gripping device is movably supported with respect to the base structure; a support device (4) mounted on the base structure, and a lifting beam (5), wherein a first end of the lifting beam is configured to be supported at a support location of the support device and wherein a second end of the lifting beam opposite to the first end is configured to be connected to the gripping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Gerardus Cornelius Van Grieken, Timotheus Johannes Rutten, Chris Van Zeijl
  • Patent number: 9657872
    Abstract: The ends of two pipeline units are joined together at a pipe joint. Each pipeline unit has a pipe member and a pipe coating surrounding the pipe member. The pipe coating extends along a length of the pipe member. A joint coating surrounds the pipe joint and is made from a material comprising a silicone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventor: Helen Rose Boyd
  • Patent number: 9555864
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vessel comprising:-a hull,-a support structure connected to said hull, the support structure configured for supporting the mass, the support structure being constructed to allow the mass to make a back and forth movement relative to said hull along a trajectory between opposite ends of said trajectory,-a damping device configured to dampen the movement of the mass relative to said hull. The present invention also relates to a method for damping the movements of a vessel or of a mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventor: Gerardus Petrus Meskers
  • Patent number: 9512939
    Abstract: A method of laying a pipeline (100) on a seabed (9), said method comprising the steps of; constructing a section of pipeline (6) by interconnecting pipe sections (31), positioning the section of pipeline on an underwater storage surface (74), and recovering the section of pipeline from the under water storage surface and spooling the section of pipeline on a reel (2) provided on a vessel (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Noortje Willemein Maria Sturm, Eduard Wiersema, Cornelis van Zandwijk
  • Patent number: 9322494
    Abstract: A pipeline unit (1) comprising a pipe member (2) and a pipe coating (3) surrounding the pipe member (2), which pipe member comprises a pipe end (4), and which pipe coating (3) extends along a length of the pipe member and ends at a coating end face located at a distance from the pipe end, wherein a bonding member (8) is provided on the coating end face, which bonding member (8) is attached to the coating end face and made from a material which is different from the material of which the pipe coating (3) is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Erwan Karyadi, Helen Rose Boyd, Thomas Balder, Simone Van Rosendaal
  • Patent number: 9206924
    Abstract: A stinger (1) for a pipeline laying vessel, the stinger includes at least one track (3) which in use at least partly surrounds a firing line along which the pipeline (5) is laid, and at least one pipeline support (6) for supporting the pipeline, which pipeline support is movable along said track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Gerardus Cornelius van Grieken, Maikel Hillenaar, Timotheus Johannes Rutten, Cornelis van Zandwijk
  • Patent number: 9109406
    Abstract: A method for removing a hydrocarbon production platform at sea, the production platform being connected to a hydrocarbon well, and including a support structure and an upper part being supported by the support structure, where the method includes the steps of; temporarily closing the well, removing at least part of the upper part from the support structure, positioning a well abandonment module on the support structure, which well abandonment module is constructed and arranged to perform well abandonment operations, performing abandonment operations from the well abandonment module to abandon the well, removing the well abandonment module from the support structure after the well abandonment operations are completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventor: Marinus Christiaan Lammertink
  • Patent number: 9097368
    Abstract: A pipeline laying vessel for laying a pipeline (5) on a seabed, which pipeline laying vessel comprises a hull, a positioning device (6) for positioning a pipe section in a firing line (3) along which the pipeline is laid, which positioning device is supported by the hull, and a clamp (17) for holding the pipeline suspended from the vessel, wherein the clamp is located in the firing line, and comprises a support device (18) constructed and arranged to allow the clamp to hold the pipeline in a first mode wherein the clamp has a fixed position relative to the positioning device, and in a second mode (52) wherein the clamp is pivotable relative to the positioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventor: Cornelis Van Zandwijk
  • Patent number: 9074881
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measurement system constructed and arranged to measure geometrical data from two pipe end bevels of two pipes that need to be joined. The measurement system being provided with a measuring device, wherein the measurement system is constructed and arranged so that the measuring device is moveable in between the two pipe end bevels and the measuring device has a part of a different one of the two pipe end bevels within its measurement angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventor: Stefan Willem Hees
  • Publication number: 20150000925
    Abstract: A riser assembly for transporting a fluid from a vessel and on a seabed includes an elongate frame having a first frame end and a second frame end, where the first frame end is connected to the seabed and the second frame end is connected to a buoy, at least one riser for transporting a fluid and connecting the at least one riser to the second frame end and/or the buoy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventors: Cornelis Benard, Cristian Rogier Koene, Eduard Wiersema, Frank Cornelis Lange
  • Patent number: 8919737
    Abstract: A traction device for paying out and retrieving a flexible line including a line mover, wherein the line mover includes at least one movable friction surface, the friction surface in total defines at least two arc sections configured to move the line along with the arc sections, in use the line is wound around the friction surface such that the line has a first contact area being in contact with the first arc section and a second contact area being in contact with the second arc section, and the traction device includes a line controller coupled to the line between the first contact area and the second contact area and configured to control the velocity with which the line in use is fed to the second arc section, and also a method and use of the traction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Balder, Cornelis Van Zandwijk, Cornelis Benard
  • Patent number: 8905381
    Abstract: A hoisting assembly for lifting or lowering a heavy object includes an upper fixed block, an upper movable block being suspended from the upper fixed block by at least one first rope which is reeved into one or more first rope lengths between the upper fixed block and the upper movable block, a lower movable block being connected to the upper movable block by at least one second rope which is reeved into one or more second rope lengths between the upper fixed block and the upper movable block. The first and second ropes are reeved in such a way that in use the upper movable block can be positioned at a distance greater than zero from the upper fixed block and at a distance greater than zero from the lower movable block by controlling the lengths of the first and second ropes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventor: Wouter Johannes Slob
  • Publication number: 20140334879
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pipe section (10), constructed to be joined end-to-end to a same pipe section in order to form a pipeline which is laid from a pipeline laying vessel, the pipe section having a pipe has a greater wall thickness than the wall thickness of a main part of the pipe wall (15), the pipe section comprising a thickened gripping zone (20) which section, wherein the thickened gripping zone has a length (22) and a wall thickness which are constructed and arranged to allow a shear clamp (45) having protrusions (48) to grip the thickened gripping zone in order to suspend the pipeline from the pipeline laying vessel via the thickened gripping zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventor: Cornelis Van Zandwijk
  • Patent number: 8870495
    Abstract: A pipeline laying vessel (1) for laying a pipeline (2) on a seabed, said vessel (1) comprising a J-lay system (4) defining a firing line (5) along which the pipeline (2) is laid, the J-lay system (4) comprising an alignment device (6) for aligning a pipe section (7) with the pipeline (2) suspended from the J-lay system (4) with a sufficient level of accuracy to allow the pipe section (7) to be welded to the pipeline (2), the alignment device (6) being constructed to maintain the alignment during at least a part of the welding operation of the pipe section (7) to the pipeline (2), wherein the alignment device (6) is movable between a first position (10) in the firing line (5) and a second position (11) outside the firing line (5), and the alignment device (6) is constructed to engage a pipe section (7) in the second position (11) and to be moved into the first position (10) together with the engaged pipe section (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventors: Gerardus Cornelius van Grieken, Timotheus Johannes Rutten
  • Patent number: 8821070
    Abstract: A method for constructing a riser assembly (1) for transporting a fluid from a vessel and on a seabed includes providing an elongate frame (4) having a first frame end (5) and a second frame end (6), where the first frame end is connected to the seabed (3) and the second frame end is connected to a buoy (7), providing at least one riser (9) for transporting a fluid, and connecting the at least one riser to the second frame end and/or the buoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventors: Cornelis Benard, Cristian Rogier Koene, Eduard Wiersema, Frank Cornelis Lange
  • Publication number: 20140238948
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vessel comprising:-a hull,-a support structure connected to said hull, the support structure configured for supporting the mass, the support structure being constructed to allow the mass to make a back and forth movement relative to said hull along a trajectory between opposite ends of said trajectory,-a damping device configured to dampen the movement of the mass relative to said hull. The present invention also relates to a method for damping the movements of a vessel or of a mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE
    Inventor: Gerardus Petrus Meskers
  • Publication number: 20140227039
    Abstract: A pipeline laying vessel for laying a pipeline (5) on a seabed, which pipeline laying vessel comprises a hull, a positioning device (6) for positioning a pipe section in a firing line (3) along which the pipeline is laid, which positioning device is supported by the hull, and a clamp (17) for holding the pipeline suspended from the vessel, wherein the clamp is located in the firing line, and comprises a support device (18) constructed and arranged to allow the clamp to hold the pipeline in a first mode wherein the clamp has a fixed position relative to the positioning device, and in a second mode (52) wherein the clamp is pivotable relative to the positioning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS NEDERLAND SE
    Inventor: Cornelis Van Zandwijk