InterMoor Unveils New Acoustic Release Mooring Connectors
InterMoor announced the market introduction of its new Inter-M Release mooring connector.
Acoustic release mooring connectors allow a rig’s mooring legs to be released remotely and immediately, in case of emergencies, severe weather events, or simply to save time and money during rig moves.
“With its innovative and compact design,the Inter-M Release literally reinvents the acoustic connector. It’s easier, safer, and much cheaper to transport, install, and maintain,” said Mark Jones, Global CEO, InterMoor.
At a quarter of the weight and requiring only a third of the deck space needed by other acoustic release connectors on the market, the Inter-M Release can still disconnect at full capacity, while other connectors on the market can only disengage at a portion of their load rating.
The new device was designed using the proven platform of sister company SRP’s Rocksteady mooring connector and its secondary actuated release system, with a control system developed in conjunction with Teledyne Marine. The advanced control system uses military-grade, high-fidelity Teledyne Benthos acoustic modems, and implements domain key authorization, unique addressing, network relay and frequency hopping techniques, ensuring the mooring connectors are never affected by obstructions or conflicting noise.The domain key and unique addresses eliminate the possibility of an inadvertent release and allows for the connector to be actuated individually, in clusters, or even sequenced in any order.
These new electronic features have been implemented without sacrificing battery life, which has been improved from eighteen months in old acoustic release connectors to five years in the Inter-M Release.