Patent approval for firm’s four-track tensioner

Mike Gaskin, commercial director of Maritime Developments, has welcomed the patent.
Mike Gaskin, commercial director of Maritime Developments, has welcomed the patent.

Maritime Developments, a leading provider of back-deck equipment to the oil and gas industry, has secured a patent for its 4-track tensioner.

The company, which operates a base in Peterhead, has already delivered two of the new tensioners to clients and is on the brink of completing a third one for its rental division.

The TTS-4/140 series tensioner is a 50-tonne 4-track caterpillar system for the handling of subsea products such as umbilicals, risers and flowlines. The caterpillar tracks are fitted with V-shaped pads and operate by gripping the product between the opposing track carriages with failsafe hydraulic cylinders.

Thanks to its innovative design, the 4-track tensioner can be used vertically, horizontally or on a ramp. It adds to Maritime Developments’ existing offering of 2-track tensioners used for side or top loading, allowing the company to deliver tensioners with either electric or hydraulic drives.

Commercial director Mike Gaskin, said: “We’re delighted to have secured the patent. The development of our 4-track tensioner highlights once again the flair, vision and expertise within our business.”

In addition to securing key projects in the North Sea s, Maritime Developments has expanded in the past year into markets such as the Gulf of Mexico, Asia/Australia and West Africa.

Established in 1999, Maritime Developments has its manufacturing operations in a large facility in Peterhead.