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1. US4632663 - Mooring and transfer system and method

Office
United States of America
Application Number 06728325
Application Date 29.04.1985
Publication Number 4632663
Publication Date 30.12.1986
Grant Number 4632663
Grant Date 30.12.1986
Publication Kind A
IPC
B63B 22/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
22Buoys
02specially adapted for mooring a vessel
B63B 21/50
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
21Tying-up; Shifting, towing, or pushing equipment; Anchoring
50Anchoring arrangements for special vessels, e.g. for floating drilling platforms or dredgers
B63B 27/34
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
27Arrangement of ship-based loading or unloading equipment for cargo or passengers
30for transfer at sea between ships or between ships and off-shore structures
34using pipe-lines
B63B 35/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING
35Vessels or similar floating structures specially adapted for specific purposes and not otherwise provided for
CPC
B63B 21/50
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING 
21Tying-up; Shifting, towing, or pushing equipment; Anchoring
50Anchoring arrangements ; or methods; for special vessels, e.g. for floating drilling platforms or dredgers
B63B 22/021
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING 
22Buoys
02specially adapted for mooring a vessel
021and for transferring fluids, e.g. liquids
B63B 35/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
63SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; RELATED EQUIPMENT
BSHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING 
35Vessels or similar floating structures specially adapted for specific purposes and not otherwise provided for
Applicants Sofec, Inc.
Inventors Kiely William L.
Pedersen Kristen I.
Agents Dodge, Bush & Moseley
Priority Data 06578586 09.02.1984 US
Title
(EN) Mooring and transfer system and method
Abstract
(EN)

An offshore bulk fluid transfer system and method for its deployment in both shallow and deep water is disclosed. The system is adapted for transfer of fluids between a tanker and another location. Deep water embodiments of the invention provide for a three and four stair step method for deploying the base on the sea floor. Additionally, a method of retrieving the system from the sea floor is disclosed. The offshore bulk fluid transfer system comprises a base and buoyancy tanks attached to the base flotation for the system during its transportion to a mooring location. Buoyancy tanks are adapted for flooding to allow the system to be deployed on the sea floor.


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