With Means To Introduce Lift Agent Directly Into Suction Pipe Patents (Class 37/321)
  • Patent number: 8939678
    Abstract: A method of laying underwater pipelines in the bed of a body of water, the method including laying an underwater pipeline along a given path on the bed of the body of water; breaking up a ground mass along the path to a given depth in the bed; and fluidifying the broken ground mass beneath the underwater pipeline to sink the underwater pipeline into the fluidified ground mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventors: Diego Lazzarin, Massimo Fontolan
  • Publication number: 20140338233
    Abstract: Apparatus for extended-reach remediation of a pond by removal of pumpable materials such as deposited sediment has a base and a rotatable multi-articulated boom to which a pump is connected at the distal end. The boom has a reach which exceeds the reach of conventional remediation apparatus and may be as long as 50 m or greater for reaching over obstacles between the base and the pond. The base can be stationary or it can be mobile or self-propelled for repositioning the apparatus about the perimeter of the water body or to platforms which are built within the pond and accessible by accessways when the pond is filled with water. The pump is lightweight so as not to affect the overall apparatus stability when the boom is fully extended. Geo-locating apparatus assists with mapping the remediation operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Cory ALBERS, Bernard AMELL
  • Publication number: 20140310997
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method to efficiently and effectively dredge in the presence of hard rock. An additional aspect of the present invention is to provide a system that induces cavitation bubbles and/or a vortex flow within a dredging cutter head by use of water jets mounted within a cavity of the cutter head. The cavitation bubbles and/or vortex flow produced by the water jets urge comminution of hard rock encountered during dredging operations, providing a more effective and efficient dredging of waterways than conventional approaches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wyatt, Hugh Bennett Miller
  • Publication number: 20130340298
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, a wheeled dredging head is configured to operate in a stand-alone condition, with the addition of a water jet assembly, and/or with the addition of an adapter at an intake of the dredging head. In one embodiment, the adapter is configured to vacuum the floor of a body of water. In another embodiment, the adapter is configured to remove sediment or other material from a sloped surface in a body of water. In yet another embodiment, the adapter is configured to remove sediment or other material from around obstacles in a body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Richard John Phillips
  • Patent number: 8083437
    Abstract: An underwater trenching system is mountable on a side of a barge to be propelled by the barge along a waterway, the bed of which contains a trench with a laid pipeline. To remove the excess sediment from the trench the trenching unit delivers pressurized water and air to the trench. A sparge assembly with jet nozzles directs jets of water, breaking up the formation that has built up around the pipeline. The airlift assembly creates a turbulent flow to lift the disturbed sediment and remove it from the created trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Antill Pipeline Construction Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin J. Antill, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7767094
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for collecting solids selling on the bottom of a liquid reservoir and/or floating solids, the apparatus (10) having a hollow suction head (23) and at least one outlet duct (26) extending from the suction head (23). Air can be supplied to the suction head (23) to create a suction pressure in the suction head (23) to cause settling solids beneath the suction head (23) to pass along the outlet duct or ducts (26). The suction head (23) may be connected to a collector (11) which is provided with a float (21) to support the collector (11) at the surface of the liquid, and the outlet duct or ducts (26) are connected to the collector (11) which collects the solids. The collector (11) may also have an inlet to collect floating solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Ultra Aquatic Technology Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Ian Bradley Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7765725
    Abstract: Method and device for subsea removal of cuttings from a borehole by means of ejector (5), pump (3) and suction hose (6), the ejector (5) being powered by a pump (3) that is rigidly attached to ROV (2), said ejector (5) being one with external nozzle, while said ROV (2) with pump (3) is connected to the ejector only when removal of cuttings is to take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Fossura AS
    Inventors: Tom Jacobsen, Terje Fagervold
  • Patent number: 7690134
    Abstract: A cutoff device with a liquid bag includes a framed housing that supports a cover having a cutoff wall. The cutoff wall is opened at a lower end thereof with a liquid bag attached along the opened lower end of the cutoff wall. The housing includes telescopic columns, upper support frames coupled to the upper ends of the telescopic columns, and a lower support frame coupled to the lower ends of the telescopic columns. The upper end of the liquid bag may be fastened to the opened lower end of the cutoff wall using a zipper. The liquid bag contains liquid, such as water, therein, with a heavy substance, such as sand, soil and powdered or granulated metal, added to the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Yi-Zoong Kim
  • Patent number: 7676966
    Abstract: A sediment removal system and method provides a versatile and controllable device for removing sediment from water in a focused manner that avoids generating unwanted turbidity. A suction pump draws water and sediment through a suction conduit and the injection of air into the suction conduit by air nozzles enables sediment to be removed from greater depths. The inclusion of water nozzles on an inlet opening enables hardened sediment to be dislodged such that it may be drawn into the suction conduit. A GPS receiver mounted to the suction conduit enables the location of the removal process to be tracked and a knife valve prevents backflow out of the suction conduit. The capturing of solid sediment by retention containers and the capturing of water containing suspended sediment by a tank enables the sediment and water to be transported to an appropriate location for treatment or disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Steven B. Taplin
  • Patent number: 7637696
    Abstract: An underwater trenching system is mountable on a side of a barge to be propelled by the barge along a waterway, the bed of which contains a trench with a laid pipeline. To remove the excess sediment from the trench the trenching unit delivers pressurized water and air to the trench. A sparge assembly with jet nozzles directs jets of water, breaking up the formation that has built up around the pipeline. The airlift assembly creates a turbulent flow to lift the disturbed sediment and remove it from the created trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Antill Pipeline Construction Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Marvin J. Antill, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7591088
    Abstract: There is disclosed a suction dredge system and method. The suction dredge system may include a suction dredge head, an exhaust hose connected to the suction dredge head, a high pressure fluid source connected to the suction dredge head for providing a flow of high pressure fluid to the suction dredge head to induce a vacuum in the suction dredge head, and the suction dredge head including an automatic blockage clearing device. The method of suction dredging may include providing a flow of high pressure fluid within a suction dredge head in a first direction for inducing a vacuum at an intake of the suction dredge head, and changing the direction of the flow of the high pressure fluid within the suction dredge head to a second direction for clearing a blockage at the intake of the suction dredge head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventors: Allen J. Schuh, Peter A. Schuh
  • Patent number: 7526884
    Abstract: A sediment removal system and method provides a versatile and controllable device for removing sediment from water in a focused manner that avoids generating unwanted turbidity. A suction pump draws water and sediment through a suction conduit and the injection of air into the suction conduit by air nozzles enables sediment to be removed from greater depths. The inclusion of water nozzles on an inlet opening enables hardened sediment to be dislodged such that it may be drawn into the suction conduit. A GPS receiver mounted to the suction conduit enables the location of the removal process to be tracked and a knife valve prevents backflow out of the suction conduit. The capturing of solid sediment by retention containers and the capturing of water containing suspended sediment by a tank enables the sediment and water to be transported to an appropriate location for treatment or disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Steven B Taplin
  • Patent number: 7395618
    Abstract: Subsea excavation and suction device includes a suction head with an inlet opening at an outer, free end and an outlet opening connected to a suction hose arranged at a distance from the inlet opening. The suction head is mounted on a hydraulic controller arm and at the inlet opening is provided with mechanical and hydraulic devices to disintegrate solid material (sediment). The hydraulic device includes a number of jet nozzles, while the mechanical device includes bars. The cross-sectional area of the inlet opening is larger than the cross-sectional area of the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Fossura AS
    Inventors: Tom Jacobsen, Halvor Snellingen
  • Patent number: 6966132
    Abstract: A method for moving subsea rocks and sediments which can be at significant depths, in connection with removal of protective rocks around installations where maintenance is to be conducted. Tubing with an ejector nozzle is arranged completely externally in relation to the tubing on a standard, remote controlled submarine (ROV), so that the ejector nozzle produces a pressure gradient through the tubing. An inlet end of the tubing is located with the rocks and sediments to be moved, which are sucked into the tubing and blown out of the opposite end of the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: GTO Subsea AS
    Inventors: Tom Jacobsen, Terje Fagervold, Gunner Fagervold, Gustav Kvalvaag
  • Patent number: 6748679
    Abstract: Apparatus for dredging shellfish from the bottom of a body of water includes a source of pressurized water, at least one water jet arranged to receive water from the pressurized water source and direct it at shellfish-containing sediments, sorting plates for receiving the shellfish-containing sediments excavated by the at least one water jet and separating the shellfish from the sediments, a collection chamber for receiving the separated shellfish, and dual lifting compartments, one of which is connected to the pressurized water source for lifting shellfish from the collection chamber and entraining the shellfish for transport to the surface, and the other of which is arranged to received pressurized air for increasing the transport speed and lifting power while cushioning the shellfish as they are transported to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Arthur R. Myers, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030121182
    Abstract: Method and device for moving subsea rocks and sediments, also at significant depths, e.g. in connection with removal of protective rocks around subsea installations, where maintenance is to be conducted. The device comprises a rigid or at least partly flexible tubing (5) thorough which the masses (14) may be transported with the aid of a pressure gradient produced by an ejector nozzle (11) arranged externally in relation to said tubing. The nozzle (11) is fed with water from a water pump (12). The device further comprises a chassis (F) adapted to be transported along the (sea) bottom. The required power is arranged to be supplied through a cable (3) from the surface, while the tubing (5) preferably is arranged to be remotely controlled by a manipulator (9, 9″).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Tom Jacobsen, Terje Fagervold, Gunnar Fagervold, Gustav Kvalvaag
  • Patent number: 6517287
    Abstract: A method of removing contaminated sediment material from a contaminated area on the ocean floor using a reactor vessel wherein seawater is from within the interior of the reactor vessel so that the vessel penetrates the ocean floor. A pressurized fluid is introduced into the reactor vessel to create a slurry vortex of the contaminated sediment material and then a remediation fluid injected into the slurry vortex of the contaminated sediment material using a sufficient amount of the remediation fluid to remediate the contaminated sediment material and provide a noncontaminated sediment material. Pressurized seawater is injected into the interior of the reactor vessel to create a positive pressure within the reactor vessel to lift the reactor vessel above the ocean floor allowing for a transfer of the reactor vessel to another area of sediment contamination on the ocean floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Kimo Kalani Zaiger
  • Patent number: 6178670
    Abstract: There is provided an improved apparatus for recovery of sea-bed material. Known apparatus suffer from problems such as low recovery rate and capital cost. The invention, therefore, provides a recovery apparatus comprising a vehicle upon which are mounted a duct permitting communication between the sea-bed and a location remote therefrom, structure to introduce sea-bed material into the duct and structure to advance sea-bed material through the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Rotech Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Hector Fillipus Alexander Van Drentham Susman, Kenneth Roderick Stewart
  • Patent number: 6112439
    Abstract: A suction dredge for the planned taking up of suction material, particularly for excavating soil from underground pipes, has a pneumatic suction hose for taking up the suction material and at whose lower end is provided a suction stub. At its opposite, upper end the suction hose issues into a collecting tank. To simplify the handling of the suction stub, it is provided with a guide body fitted to the suction hose and a suction nozzle axially movable relative thereto and which by means of a drive mechanism can be retracted into and extended from the guide body. As a result the stroke frequency of the suction nozzle and/or its stroke length and/or the impact energy on the soil can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Karl Rinker
  • Patent number: 5647691
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ecologically safely removing silt, muck, and sand from a waterbottom and for collecting the silt, muck, and sand without destroying the benthos therein into porous containers where the then contained mud and silt can be ecologically positioned where desired to enhance subaquatic environments. The apparatus includes a silt and mud collecting and transfer device that has no moving parts, thereby not endangering the benthos in the transfer process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: John C.J. Wirth
  • Patent number: 5617654
    Abstract: A dredge apparatus with an improved cutter includes a hull, a boom extending from the hull, and a cutter element rotatably mounted at the free end of the boom. The cutter element is positioned adjacent a suction line that is supported by the boom. The improved cutter element includes a plurality of rings having large open central portions for transmitting material to the suction. At least a pair of rings are spaced apart, one of the rings being supported using a rotary hub and spokes to a drive shaft. The external periphery of each of the rings carries three circumferentially spaced helical vanes. The helical vanes extend circumferentially and from ring to ring beginning at a front ring and ending at a rear ring which is adjacent the boom. Each of the vanes is "V-shaped" in transverse cross section providing a concave and a convex vane surface. The concave surface of each vane faces the suction line. The convex surface of each vane faces the front of the cutter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: William J. Wetta, II
  • Patent number: 5603171
    Abstract: A process for suctioning solid material from a waterbed and for conveying a resulting solids-water suspension into a hopper is provided. A flow of water is supplied to a towed suction basket. The basket has a suction region connected to a suction tube, at least one pressure nozzle and at least one motive nozzle. The flow of water supplied to the towed suction basket is divided into a motive water flow and a pressure water flow. The pressure water flow is directed through the at least one water pressure nozzle onto the waterbed for dislodging the solid material on the waterbed and creating the solids-water suspension in the suction region of the towed suction basket. The motive water flow is directed through the at least one motive water nozzle through the suction region of the towed suction basket and into the suction tube for accelerating the solids-water suspension into the suction tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Krupp Fordertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Siegfried Steinkuhler
  • Patent number: 5531507
    Abstract: An improved method and equipment of removing a minable product, such as coal, from an underground seam of minable product, such as a coal seam, includes the steps of drilling a vertical hole from the earth's surface through the seam of minable product, installing in the recovery hole an improved recoverable down hole tool, having a vertical auger and a hollow shaft extending from the earth's surface to the auger in the down hole tool, water pumped down the hollow shaft exiting through nozzles mounted from below the auger segments in the down hole tool and spaced vertically along the length of the hollow shaft to the earth's surface through the seam of minable product, the injection holes being drilled in a pattern extending from the recovery hole inserting and sequentially igniting explosives in the injection holes, injecting water sequentially in the injection holes and removing the fractured minable product by operating the down hole tool and water nozzles in the recovery hole and raising said minable produ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Daryl L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5428908
    Abstract: A method of hydraulic dredging employing apparatus and a procedure for subsidence dredging for subsurface removal of sandy strata which results in subsidence, or drop in elevation of the bottom deposits of a body of water, wherein sand is mined laterally beneath the surface by a combination jetting/siphoning device and is transported from the site of dredging by pipeline apparatus connected to pumping apparatus to an adjacent beach location; and wherein the procedure employs removal of hydraulic pressure which results in subsidence or sinking of the upper layer of marine deposits where the amount of subsidence is directly related to the subsurface quantity of material removed and the removed material is used for beach nourishment with minimal damage to shellfish or finfish inasmuch as the surface beneath the deposits are left intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: William B. Kerfoot
  • Patent number: 5201877
    Abstract: A suction transporting device for transporting a material has a suction unit, a transporting line connected with the suction unit and having an inlet for receiving a material to be transported and an outlet for discharging the material to be transported and a unit for modulating a suction force of a suction produced in the transporting line by the suction unit, the modulating unit including a passage adapted to communicate the interior of the transporting line with atmosphere, an adjusting element operative for adjusting an initial area and shape of a minimal cross-section of the passage, and a valve mechanism including a drive, a speed controller for controlling a speed of the drive, and a valve body connected with the drive and cooperating with the passage so that when the valve body is displaced by the drive, an initial area and shape of the minimal cross-section of the passage is periodically changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventors: Arkadi Relin, Anatole Milstein