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1. (WO2009120406) PILE TRANSLATING AND LAUNCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2009/120406    International Application No.:    PCT/US2009/033090
Publication Date: Oct 1, 2009 International Filing Date: Feb 4, 2009
IPC: E02D 13/04
E02D 27/50
Applicants: TECHNIP FRANCE
EDELSON, David, N.
PERCEVAL, Michael
KYPKE, Dean
Inventors: EDELSON, David, N.
PERCEVAL, Michael
KYPKE, Dean
Title: PILE TRANSLATING AND LAUNCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD
Abstract:
The disclosure provides an efficient system to obtain a pile from a storage location on a vessel and shift the pile across the vessel without significant rotation of the pile. The pile can be transferred into an assembly that can lower the pile and launch the pile. The disclosure provides a method of translating and launching a pile for a marine application, comprising: storing at least a first pile on a rack located on a vessel; transporting the pile to an installation site; lifting the pile from the rack with a cart; supporting the pile on the cart; shifting the cart and the pile to a launch arm assembly; transferring the pile from the cart to a first portion of the launch arm assembly adjacent a side of the vessel; lowering the first portion with the pile; and releasing the pile from the first portion into a marine environment.