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Pipeshield awarded patent for the SUPER-MAT

Posted on 28 January 2022

Pipeshield awarded patent for the SUPER-MAT

Lowestoft UK, 27 January 2022: Pipeshield International Limited, a Tekmar Group company, is pleased to announce 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.

Steve Howlett Pipeshield MD commented “Pipeshield’s aim is to deliver the most cost effective and technically viable solutions for applications within our sector of industry. The SUPER-MAT concept and development is another example of best practice introduced by Pipeshield to improve operational efficiencies and add value to the customer’s bottom line”.

This new patent award illustrates Tekmar Group’s continued investment in its core markets and technology, which aligns with the company’s growth strategy to maintain and strengthen its market leading position, future proof its technologies and diversify into new markets, regionally and across the whole project life-cycle, in offshore wind and marine civils.

To learn more about the SUPER-MAT visit pipeshield.com.

Pipeshield International Ltd

Pipeshield International, a Tekmar Group company, is a market-leading provider of specialised subsea protection solutions used for the stabilisation and impact protection of subsea equipment in areas where they cannot be buried, and to limit the development of scour (seabed erosion) particularly local to that of a foundation, pipeline or in marine ports. For more information visit pipeshield.com.

Tekmar Group plc

Tekmar Group plc provides market-leading technology and services to the Offshore Energy and Marine Civils markets. Tekmar Group’s primary operating companies are Ryder Geotechnical Limited, AgileTek Engineering Limited, Subsea Innovation Limited, Tekmar Energy Limited, and Pipeshield International Limited. For more information visit tekmargroup.com.