Patents Assigned to Single Buoy Moorings, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11059545
    Abstract: A floating cryogenic storage structure includes a hull with a center line extending in a length direction and two longitudinal side walls, the structure including at least three spherical storage tanks, two tanks being situated with their midpoints on spaced apart longitudinal positions along a first line extending in the length direction at a first side of the center line and a third tank being situated with its midpoint on a longitudinal position on a second line extending in the length direction at a second side of the center line, and a transverse distance between the first and second lines not larger than a diameter of the tanks and the longitudinal position of the midpoint of the third tank situated between the longitudinal positions of the midpoints of the first and second tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Theodorus Johannes Bernardus Brinkel, Wouter Sassen
  • Patent number: 10967949
    Abstract: A slide-in structural interface between a Sea Water Intake Riser (SWIR) and a floating unit hull or sump tank bottom plate permits a pull-in, diver-less installation of the SWIR. Certain embodiments include an integrated, easily maintainable strainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Julien Odorico, Jack Pollack
  • Patent number: 10958076
    Abstract: A power generation and distribution arrangement that includes at least three switchgear sections. Each switchgear includes at least one or more power generators and an internal busbar in which the one or more power generators are electrically connected to the internal busbar. The internal busbar of each switchgear has one connecting end that is electrically connected to a common conductive node of the arrangement. The common conductive node includes an external interconnecting busbar between the switchgear sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Marino Benussi, Hendrikus Johannes Tetteroo
  • Patent number: 10933952
    Abstract: A electric swivel, LVES, in a swivel stack, includes an annular outer element defining a cylindrical chamber around an axis S and an cylindrical inner element coaxial with the outer element. The cylindrical chamber is sealed at an upper side with an annular cover and is configured for rotation relative to the inner and outer element around the axis S. The inner element includes at an inner radial side first and second bearing parts defining an inner bearing. The outer element includes at an outer radial side first and second bearing parts defining an outer bearing. The inner bearing includes an inner annular interface between the first and second bearing parts, the outer bearing includes an outer annular interface between the first and second bearing parts. Each of the annular interfaces is coaxial with the inner and outer element, and each annular interface is configured as a flame conducting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Georges Dixneuf, Sami Barhoumi, Frederic Sagot, Samir Boutahar, Terrence Lallouette
  • Patent number: 10814938
    Abstract: A mooring buoy system releasably connects risers and anchor lines to a turret of a floating structure, and includes: a buoyant body carrying the risers, which extend to a subsea hydrocarbon well; anchor line connectors, for connecting anchor lines to the buoyant body, each anchor line having one end connected to a connector and the opposing end to the seabed; and a reconnection wire running through a channel coinciding with a center line of the buoyant body, connectable to each anchor line below the buoyant body at some distance from the anchor line connectors through anchor line connection sections on one end and includes a stopper and winch wire connection arrangement on the other end. Also disclosed is a method for pulling up risers and anchor lines, for releasably attaching the risers and anchor lines, as well as a method for constructing a mooring buoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Renaud Daran, Xavier Schut, Christian Raymond Bauduin
  • Patent number: 10661862
    Abstract: Disclosed is a floating wind turbine assembly, including a floating platform and a wind turbine arranged on top of the floating platform, the wind turbine having a mast with a mast axis, of which a lower end is connected to the floating platform, and a nacelle arranged on top of the mast, wherein the floating platform is connected to a seafloor with a plurality of tensioned mooring lines, wherein the mooring lines each include a mooring line axis extending in a longitudinal direction of the mooring line, wherein the mooring line axes intersect each other at a crossing position on the mast axis and at an elevation level at or above the nacelle, as well as a method for mooring such a floating wind turbine assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Cecile Melis, Christian Raymond Bauduin, Francois Caille
  • Patent number: 10648600
    Abstract: A swivel includes an inner and an outer ring. The rings are coaxial and rotatable relative to one another around a central axis, and define a toroidal chamber and an axial seal annulus gap between the rings. The inner and outer rings are rotatably interconnected via a bearing structure. The swivel includes an upper bearing structure and a lower bearing structure on each side of the toroidal chamber. Each bearing structure interconnects the inner and outer rings. An upper and a lower sealing member is situated in the seal annulus gap near a respective upper and lower bearing structure. At least one of the inner and outer rings includes an upper member, a lower member and a central member. The upper and lower members are fixedly attached to the respective upper and lower bearing structures and the central member is independently displaceable relative to the upper and lower ring members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Liva Christian Randrianarivony
  • Patent number: 10640179
    Abstract: A turret mooring system for a floating process and storage offloading, FPSO, vessel or a FLNG vessel includes a turret structure and a bearing support structure. The turret structure is to be placed within a moonpool in a hull of the vessel and rotatably held within the moonpool via the bearing support structure. The bearing support structure includes a radial support and an axial support. The radial support includes a plurality of radial wheels, and the axial support includes a plurality of axial bogies. The vessel has a topside process deck and the turret structure includes a collar deck. The collar deck is positioned vertically above an upper side of the axial support and below an elevation of the topside process deck. An FPSO or FLNG vessel is provided which includes the turret mooring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Guillaume Bonnaffoux, Nicolas Fourdilis
  • Patent number: 10597952
    Abstract: A top interface for subsea riser on offshore, floating vessel has an upper funnel and a co-axial lower funnel in spaced-apart relation. Tension loads on the riser are reacted at the upper funnel while lateral and bending loads are reacted at the lower funnel. The riser top interface may be used with flexible risers or steel catenary risers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Douglas Otten, Peimin Cao, Thomas Prichard
  • Patent number: 10487970
    Abstract: A swivel stack for transfer of fluid across a rotary interface around a main rotation axis between an incoming flow-line and an outgoing flow-line, includes an inner cylindrical body and a first cylindrical annular element. The cylindrical annular element is mounted on the inner cylindrical body so the rotational axes of the annular element and cylindrical body coincide. The inner cylindrical body has an internal conduit running from a cylindrical base parallel to the rotation axis. The conduit has an outlet port communicating with a circumferential cavity on the cylindrical surface of the inner cylindrical body. The first cylindrical annular element includes a toroidal cavity on its internal cylindrical surface. The first cylindrical annular element is mounted on the inner cylindrical body at the level of the outlet port so the toroidal cavity and the circumferential cavity form an annular chamber communicating with the outlet port of the internal conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Liva Christian Randrianarivony
  • Patent number: 10480258
    Abstract: In a pipe joint where two pipe sections (14, 16) have threadably engaged end portions (17, 18), joint ends (32, 34) are substantially sealed to each other by a sealing surface (40, 50) on one pipe section that substantially abuts a sealing surface (42, 52) on the other pipe section. In one joint, a ring-shaped cutout (121, FIG. 7) is formed in a first pipe section and a ring-shaped spacer (120) is located in the cutout. The spacer is chosen from several that have slightly different lengths so the spacer end contacts the corresponding sealing surface (130). In a pipe string used to carry corrosive fluid, the inner surface (44) of adjacent pipe sections is covered with a corrosion resistant coating (70, 72). Where the sealing surface is connected to a rounded corner (82, 84), the coating extends to and along the sealing surfaces (40, 42). Where there are sharp corners (80) at the intersection of the inside surface (40) with the sealing surface (40B, 42B), the coating does not extend along the sealing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC, GMC, LTD.
    Inventors: Jack Pollack, David C. Riggs
  • Patent number: 10427758
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mooring line connector assembly for connecting a mooring line to a floating structure, including: a tubular housing connectable to the floating structure, having a lower housing end and an upper housing end with an inner circumference; a connector body extending along a connector axis, having an upper connector body end and a lower connector body end connected to the mooring line; a guiding body rotatably arranged on the connector body to be freely rotatable around the connector body and the connector axis, including first rotation unit on an outer surface of the guiding body and a guiding part having an outer circumference at an upper guiding body end; and second rotation unit arranged on an inner surface of the tubular housing, arranged for engaging the first rotation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Jean Pierre Benoit, Benjamin Maurice Passieux
  • Patent number: 10385626
    Abstract: A swivel for transfer of fluid across a rotary interface around a swivel rotation axis between an incoming fluid line and an outgoing product piping includes a fixed annular element and a rotating annular element, each arranged around a common rotation axis and having a substantially equal diameter. One selected element from the fixed annular and rotating annular elements includes an annular disk provided with a toroidal cavity in a first of its circular end surfaces, and the other selected element is arranged with a flat circular end surface adjacent to and in close proximity above the first circular end surface to close the toroidal cavity and form a toroidal chamber with the annular disk. The rotary interface is perpendicular to the rotation axis, and is formed by the flat circular end surface of the other selected element and the adjacent first circular surface of the one selected element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Philippe Albert Christian Menardo
  • Patent number: 10337654
    Abstract: A fluid swivel for fluid transfer across a rotary interface includes inner annular and outer annular elements, located with their adjacent surfaces in close proximity to define a chamber between the adjacent surfaces. The swivel inner annular element has a conduit connected to an end of an incoming fluid line. The outer annular element is connected to outgoing product piping and has a primary duct for transport of fluid from the chamber to the product piping. The swivel includes an outer reinforcing annular wall arranged adjacent to the outer peripheral wall of the outer annular element. The outer reinforcing annular wall has two peripheral centering surface portions for contacting and/or registering with the outer peripheral wall of the outer annular element. The outer reinforcing annular wall further has a central peripheral opening extending along a portion of the periphery for allowing the primary duct to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Liva Christian Randrianarivony
  • Patent number: 10312834
    Abstract: Method including a plurality of EAP based sections, a power source/sink unit and a controller. Each EAP based section includes an electronic charge/discharge unit and variable capacitor having an elastically deformable body with an arrangement of stretchable synthetic material and electrodes functioning as the capacitor with a variable capacitance as the deformable body stretches and relaxes. Each EAP based section is connected to the power source/sink unit by the respective electronic charge/discharge unit under control of the controller which includes: a processing unit coupled to a sensing circuitry which is coupled to the variable capacitor of each EAP based section, and a driving circuitry coupled to the electronic charge/discharge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Rick Van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10301889
    Abstract: High-strength, fatigue-resistant pipe connectors suitable for use in offshore risers, tendons and pipelines, such as may be connected to floating production systems (FPSs) principally used in the production of oil and gas. The present connectors include tubular pin and box components with mating frusto-conical, concentrically-grooved mating surfaces which threadingly interlock, and non-threaded (e.g., flat) mating surfaces that seal and preload (e.g., preload at least a portion of each component in compression), via axial advancement of the pin component into the box component. In such connectors, axial movement of the pin into the mating box results the in radial expansion of the box and radial contraction of the pin until the concentric thread patterns match and interlockingly snap into the connected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC.
    Inventors: David C. Riggs, Alpha Mahatvaraj, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Nagarjuna Jillella
  • Patent number: 10260290
    Abstract: Methods that may be employed to help to equalize the length of the teeth on a pin-and-box SCR connector during make-up include locating the make-up groove on the box at the far box end away from the pipe end. This causes the make-up force to tension and stretch the box to make it longer. Additionally or alternatively placing grease or other fluid in the nib groove creates a resistance force to nib entry. The grease or fluid exits through a nib vent port in the box while creating a resistance that compresses the pin and stretches the box causing the tooth spacing of the pin and the box to be similar. Providing a ring groove at both ends of the box allows a tensioning device to be used to tension the box causing box elongation, which equalizes the tooth length of pin and box members during connector make up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jack Pollack, Alpha Mahatvaraj
  • Patent number: 10260679
    Abstract: A near shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal includes an LNG storage unit, a jetty and a converted hydrocarbon carrier-vessel moored against the jetty. The carrier-vessel includes a hull, at least one hydrocarbon storage tank and is provided with a natural gas processing system for liquefying natural gas. Onshore produced natural gas is supplied through a first pipeline to the natural gas processing plant on the carrier-vessel and the LNG produced by the natural gas processing system is transferred from the carrier-vessel to the LNG storage unit via a second pipeline suitable for the transfer of cryogenic fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wyllie, Theodorus Johannes Bernardus Brinkel
  • Patent number: 10189553
    Abstract: Disclosed is a water intake system for a floating vessel in a body of water, which includes within the hull of the vessel an intake compartment for taking in water from the body of water and a distribution compartment for distributing and supplying the water to one or more consumer units within the floating vessel. The intake compartment is arranged below a lowest operational draught of the vessel and has an inlet in a bottom region of the intake compartment. The intake compartment is coupled by a conduit to the distribution compartment for allowing water to flow into the distribution compartment. The water intake system further includes a water lift hose that is connected to the inlet and is extendible below the hull of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Douwe Barend Portier, Joost Wouter Van Sonsbeek
  • Patent number: 10183730
    Abstract: A floating hydrocarbon processing/storage structure with a first and second assembly, each including a hull having side walls, one or more storage tanks and a deck structure, a connection structure interconnecting the hulls, processing equipment situated on the deck structures, at least one riser connected to a subsea hydrocarbon well and to the processing equipment and/or storage tanks, with a mooring system connecting the processing/storage structure to the sea bed, each hull including a hull deck structure bridging the side walls, the connection structure including a central deck extending at or near the height of the hull deck structures along at least 70% of the length of the hulls, the central deck supporting at least one of: risers vertically extending from the central deck between the hulls to the sea bed, fluid ducts horizontally supported on the central deck, and at least one drilling/work-over rig or crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventors: Theodorus Johannes Bernardus Brinkel, Willem Cornelis Van Wijngaarden