Patent Number: 8,714,878

Title: Pipe laying apparatus and method

Abstract: Apparatus for laying conduit from a vessel comprises reel carrier arranged to receive a reel (202) wound with conduit (204) and capable of being reciprocated along the direction of the axis (214) of the reel as the conduit is unwound. The apparatus further comprises a straightener (208), and a control unit arranged to control the reel carrier such that the fleet angle created between the conduit and the straightener is reduced. Such an arrangement ensures that the conduit is not bent past its limit of elastic deformability while allowing the straightener to be situated relatively close to the reel.

Inventors: Lyngberg; Kim (Invervurie, GB), McEwans; Jenny (Invervurie, GB)

Assignee: Saipem UK Limited

International Classification: F16L 1/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018