On Wednesday March 4th, Kongsberg Maritime in Horten completed
the Factory Acceptance Test for the first 4000 m Acoustic BOP Control system (BOP
- Blow Out Preventor). The system is to be delivered to the BOP manufacturer Cameron
in Houston and Stena Drilling will install the system onboard their new drill vessel
Stena Drillmax 3. The vessel is currently being commissioned at Samsung Heavy Industries
in Korea and is scheduled to be in operation this summer.
The ACS500 system is the first product in a new technology range using the new Kongsberg Maritime Cymbal acoustic protocol.
The ACS500 system is the first product in a new technology range with a new Kongsberg
Maritime Cymbal acoustic protocol. The ACS500 has a complete new design compared
to the previous ACS400 series and the new design is based on more than 25 years
experience in producing and operating emergency acoustic BOP control systems. The
Cymbal acoustic protocol utilizes wide band technology to provide improved reliability
for the acoustic telemetry data. The ACS500 system can be set up to be backward
compatible to HPR and HiPAP systems.
DnV has been – and still is – heavily involved in the process with environmental
testing and product certification. The system will have both DNV-OS-E101 and API