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bridges the water Deepwater subsea operations are challenging and complex but shallow water intertidal zones, where the sea meets the sand, can be particularly demanding. Should a pipeline require repair, time is of the essence and safeguarding against environmental damage is crucial. by Mike Young, director at Marsol International S A SUBSEA pipeline emerges from the water, its path has inherent risks and this specific location calls for a unique emergency response vessel which is adaptable and durable to work in the ever shifting sands and tides. In collaboration with Rhino Marine, Marsol International, a Dubai-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, has introduced Rhino Craft, a multi-purpose workboat tailored to provide easy access to these challenging sites; where strength, power and durability are critical.
Design Rhino Craft hulls have been designed and developed in co-operation with naval architects and have been tested to create robust and virtually indestructible workboats, for use with outboard motors as well as inboard diesels with stern drives or jet drives. The hulls are fabricated from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) which is a ductile, high strength plastic with excellent abrasion, UV and chemical resistance and is ideally suited to use in extreme offshore environments. Rhino Craft have been designed primarily for the offshore oil and gas market where the conditions are rough and craft are exposed to severe impact loadings, ideal for the harsh conditions in intertidal zone areas. The industry has expressed a need for a vessel that can meet their needs and this craft fulfils a number of roles including support vessel for maintenance operations, a robust replacement for small inflatable boats and the ability to assist with firefighting duties. There are various models within the Rhino Craft range, from the Rhino 600 HD (a
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Marsolâ€™s boat demonstration in Dubai in 2016. (Photo: Marsol)
basic, cost-effective workboat with a substantial deck space and payload for its size) to the Rhino 1050 (a large HDPE workboat that is ideally suited for use as a
Rhino Craft have been designed primarily for the offshore oil and gas market where the conditions are rough and craft are exposed to severe impact loadings, ideal for the harsh conditions in intertidal zone areas.
general purpose workboat or personnel transfer boat. The Heavy Duty (HD) range of workboats are equipped with 400mm HDPE pipe sponson collars which have seven sealed compartments, each filled with polystyrene foam, rendering the craft as virtually unsinkable. Additionally, the Extra Heavy Duty (EHD) range also incorporates a customised forepeak structure for engaging in offshore bow-catcher boat landings which protects the vessel from major damage in extreme conditions. Rhino Craft can also be used as general purpose work boats and are less vulnerable than other small craft in this category, which Marsol International believes could be a game changer for the industry due to the significant advantages.