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HELMS acquires a Neptune 5000 Seabed CPT

HELMS acquires a Neptune 5000 Seabed CPT

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 February 2017 – As part of the company’s overall plan to establish itself as a specialist in seabed coring and testing, Helms Geomarine Sdn Bhd (HELMS) has taken ownership of a Neptune 5000 Seabed CPT system from a UK-based survey company. The unit was first delivered new by its manufacturer Datem, UK in early 2014 and since then it has been actively carrying out projects throughout Europe.

​The unit is scheduled for delivery at the company’s yard in Johor by mid-March 2017. The Neptune 5000 CPT is a heavy duty CPT that allows up to 20m in push depth. This highly advanced equipment is designed for thrusting 5 cm2 or 10 cm2 Digital Cones. The unit can thrust up to a maximum of 70 MPa and has a depth rating of 3000 meters. This is an excellent tool for investigating seabed conditions prior to seabed installations such as pipelines, power cables and underwater constructions. The measurements comprise of penetration depths, cone resistance, sleeve friction, pore pressure and inclination from vertical.

The system can be mobilised to a variety of vessels depending upon the nature of the project, ranging from the fuel efficient vessels at 30m LOA, to regular charter vessels upwards of 50-70m LOA. The high mobility and small footprint of 2.2m x 2.2m makes it perfect to be mobilised onboard vessels of opportunity.