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1. (WO2016057958) FLOATING PLATFORM WITH AN ARTICULATING KEEL SKIRT

Pub. No.:    WO/2016/057958    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/054999
Publication Date: Fri Apr 15 01:59:59 CEST 2016 International Filing Date: Sat Oct 10 01:59:59 CEST 2015
IPC: B63B 35/44
Applicants: TECHNIP FRANCE
O'SULLIVAN, James Francis
Inventors: O'SULLIVAN, James Francis
KYOUNG, Johyun
Title: FLOATING PLATFORM WITH AN ARTICULATING KEEL SKIRT
Abstract:
The present disclosure provides in at least one embodiment a rotatable keel skirt assembly on a rectangular-shaped keel pontoon. The rectangular-shaped keel pontoon reduces the maximum hull width by a significant percentage compared to a circular-shaped keel pontoon while maintaining the same hull motion performance. The rotatable keel skirt assembly allows the size of the pontoon to define the width of the hull during some fabrication phases of the platform, rather than the additional width of the keel skirt assembly. Thus, the outreach of the crane and other equipment can be effectively used as if the keel skirt assembly was not present. After fabrication, the hull can be moved away from the quayside and the keel skirt assembly can be rotated into position for service. Various systems and methods are disclosed for articulating the keel skirt assembly about the hull.