General – concrete mattresses solution
Pipeshield International, a Tekmar Group company, announced today the award of a patent for its high payload multi-lift concrete mattresses solution – the SUPER-MAT.
Since its invention and patent application, the SUPER-MAT has been a revelation in the Offshore Energy and Marine Civils markets. Designed as a lifting device when used with Pipeshield’s specialist heavy-duty quick-release frames, the SUPER-MAT enables the handling of mattresses in stacks, providing substantial savings during vessel mobilisations and offshore installation activities.
The SUPER-MAT lifting device acts as a base mattress that connects directly to a unique lifting frame. Additional mattresses are then stacked on top and are lifted simultaneously with the SUPER-MAT carrying the load.
This can reduce the number of lifts required by up to 5 times depending on the mattress type.
Once loaded on the vessel, the SUPER-MAT is left in place and can be deployed offshore either as a standard mattress or as a mattress stack for further deployment subsea.
By optimising the loadout and offshore installation process, the SUPER-MAT solution provides substantial savings on handling, installation, and vessel costs, as well as deck space and additional equipment hire charges associated with other commonly used industry practices such as Speedloaders.