Practice makes perfect
Mar 10, 2017
At HR Wallingford in Fremantle, a state of the art simulation centre has brought together the team responsible for towing the Prelude FLNG facility from Geoje in south Korea and positioning it at the remote Prelude gas field in the East Browse Basin, 200 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.
Tug Masters, skilled in towing large facilities such as oil and gas platforms, have been employed for the job. However, the Prelude FLNG facility represents a new challenge due to it being the largest offshore floating facility ever built.
By modelling actual wind, wave and tidal conditions recorded at the site, the crew accurately test the capability and power of the tugs. These tugs will be attached to the FLNG facility by a 700-metre-long wire, weighing approximately 30 tonnes.
“It’s impressive,” said Captain Mike Johnson, Tug Master (pictured). “The simulators are like the real thing,” he said.
Becoming familiar with the scenario they will be faced with once Prelude is ready to leave the shipyard in Geoje is a rare opportunity. As the crew head into their last day in the simulator, Captain Roy Lewisson, Master of the Deep Orient, the vessel that will connect Prelude to the 16 mooring lines, confirmed he had taken great value from the workshops.
“Never before in oil and gas history have we had the chance to practice in the simulator before we get on the water,” he said.