The deepest of the eight-leg mooring systems was located in 5,930 feet--a record in itself for a conventional anchor. The GOM record depth was established using the rig's self-contained mooring system. SEACOR Marine provided the anchor-handling vessel, Gerard Jordan, for this operation, incorporating Delmar's permanent chain chaser methodology.
Delmar said that the Thunderbird project is not its first claim to a record. The Broussard, La.-based offshore mooring company holds water depth records in insert wire and suction anchor mooring, both with polyester and steel wire rope components.
"Delmar continues to develop and execute the most innovative efficient mooring solutions to reach the deep and ultradeep waters here in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world," said Matt Smith, Delmar's vice president and chief operations officer. "Since 1968, Delmar has been recognized as the leader in serving the offshore oil and gas industry and will continue this commitment. We pride ourselves on this reputation and the opportunity it affords us to participate with other companies in order to accomplish world-record milestones."
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