Shell Installs VIV Fairings on Marco Polo TLP

Shell Global Solutions has installed its vortex induced vibration (VIV) suppression fairings for the MODEC-built tension leg platform soon to be completed in the Gulf of Mexico. At 4,300 feet and located at Green Canyon Block 608, the Marco Polo TLP will be the deepest ever commissioned in the GOM.

The fairings from Shell Global Solutions were installed on the mooring tendons of the platform and are designed to suppress vibrations caused by water currents, thereby helping to prevent premature fatigue failure. The tendons, with VIV suppression fairings already in place onshore at Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside, Texas, will then be shipped offshore for final installation on the Marco Polo TLP.

Shell Global Solutions also retrofits existing platforms with its patented VIV suppression fairings, using the compact RIVET(TM) ROV tooling package.

Patented suppression fairings from Shell Global Solutions offer superior VIV suppression and very low drag loading when compared with conventional helical strakes. The VIV team from Shell Global Solutions also offers VIV analysis, VIV testing, suppression hardware supply and suppression installation services.