TTS Delivers W o r l d 's Largest S k i d d i n g System

Total Transportation Systems (International) A/S (TTS), through their U.S. subsidiary Kenmark Industries Inc. of Newport News, Va., has completed the world's largest platform jacket launch skidding system.

The 200-ton system, which is able to exert a pushing force of 6,000 metric tons, was custom-designed by TTS for the load-out and launch of a 60,000-ton jacket in the Gulf of Mexico next year. Part of TTS's contract is to install the system aboard a giant 851-foot launch barge being built in Korea specially to accommodate extremely large jackets.

Hydraulic power for the new TTS skidding system is generated by two 750-hp diesel engines driving through an intricate system of computer- controlled pumps and valves to four strongback units which push the platform jacket along a set of skid beams. The entire system is operated by one person via remote control.

For full details on the jacket skidding system and other TTS heavy lift, transportation and automated fabrication systems, C i r c l e 3 4 o n R e a d e r S e r v i c e C a rd

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