Subsea 7 Vessel Designers Win UK Accolades

Subsea 7 announced that Dr. Stuart N. Smith, Vice President - Technology and Asset Development and Dr. James MacGregor, New Build Vessel Project Manager, have been awarded the prestigious 'Medal of Distinction' from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) at a ceremony in London on Thursday 29th April.

Stuart and James, alongside Peter van der Hoek from Dutch shipbuilder, IHC Merwede, were awarded the medal in recognition of their paper 'A Family of Offshore Construction Vessels' which detailed three of Subsea 7's latest vessels, built by the IHC Merwede shipyard in The Netherlands: the Seven Oceans and Seven Seas deepwater pipelay and construction vessels and the Seven Atlantic diving support vessel. The RINA dinner was attended by about 500 people in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh and other dignitaries. 

Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive of RINA, commented on why the paper was deserving of the 'Medal of Distinction', "The Institution's judging panel considered this to be a very comprehensive and well presented paper. The panel was particularly impressed by the clear and detailed insight into the design processes associated with this project, and the rationale for the key decisions which were required -- information which is not generally presented in such papers." 

Dr Stuart N Smith of Subsea 7 commented, "Myself, James and Peter are incredibly honoured with the award of this Medal of Distinction. It is a considerable accolade from a very respected professional body." 

Stuart and James both already hold a string of awards including the WW Mariner Award from the Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, the Stanley Gray Award from Institute of Marine Engineers and Bronze Medals from RINA.

The paper for which they were awarded their most recent 'Medal of Distinction' accolade describes the Seven Oceans, Seven Seas and Seven Atlantic vessels' offshore construction related operations, including pipelay and saturation diving. It also details the onboard equipment the vessels have for reeled rigid pipelay, flexible and J-lay pipelay and diving support and includes comparative analysis of key design parameters for the three vessels with those of other vessels designed for a similar duty.

The three vessels discussed in the paper form part of a global $1billion+ asset and equipment investment program by Subsea 7 which has seen the introduction of a total of seven new vessels to its global fleet since 2006. A further new vessel, the Seven Pacific pipelay and construction vessel, being built by IHC Merwede, is due to be delivered at the end of this year.

Dr. Stuart N. Smith is presenting a paper at next week's Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, entitled Deepwater Pipeline and Riser Installation by the Reel-Lay method (OTC20506) on Thursday 6th May at 1014am in the Deepwater Technology session.