Linch-pin achieves a grade A score from ISNetworld for its Safety Management System

Linch-pin has recently completed questionaries and provided details of its Safety Management System to the ISNetworld platform and top scored with an A! The subscription to ISNetworld was made as a requirement of one of Linch-pin’s clients with a stipulation from the client that a grade of either an A or a B level was required before Linch-pin could send personnel offshore to supervise work. The safety systems required by the ISNetworld platform to be in place were of a very high level, but Linchpin were able to pass all criteria with flying colours.

This achievement adds to Linch-pin’s management systems having a long established and certified Quality Management System to ISO9001:2015.

Linch-pin Achieves ISO 9001:2015 QMS Certification

Linch-pin is pleased to announce that it has achieved re-certification on its Quality Management System from Bureau Veritas. In doing so, Linch-pin also achieved certification to the latest version of the Quality Code ISO9001:2015.

The Bureau Veritas recent recertification audit revealed that Linch-pin’s QMS was well established and actively promoted. In addition, BV commented that Linch-pin “displays an overt commitment to all aspects of quality and this is reflected in its reputation in its field of operations.”

Linch-pin takes great pride in the quality of its work and products supplied to clients and sees its QMS and ongoing commitment to continuous improvement as contributing to its reputation as a reliable engineering consultant.

28 February 2017 – Linch-pin completes RTM Analysis

The Nganhurra FPSO operated by Woodside is to be disconnected from its riser turret mooring (RTM) and permanently removed from site. As part of the engineering works involved with the planning of this operation Linch-pin has assessed the options available to Woodside for the RTM decommissioning.

One developed solution involved downending the 80m long steel structure to the horizontal ready for wet tow by utilising the ballastable internal compartments. This controlled downending is made difficult by the almost 400t of unballastable solid iron ore ballast in the lower most compartment.

The dynamic analysis works was carried out utilising both Sacs and OrcaFlex. Offshore activities to disconnect the FPSO from the RTM are expected to commence Q4 2017.

12 December 2016 – Linch-pin is pleased to announce their ongoing support of the Lion’s Cancer Institute (Inc).

The Lions Cancer Institute is a project of the Lions Clubs of Western Australia and was formed in 1989. Incorporated in 1990 it became affiliated with the University of Western Australia in 1994 and in 1996 in association with The Cancer Research Institute formed the Centre for Applied Cancer Studies at the University of Western Australia.

This year the Lion’s Cancer Institute is hosting the annual SPECIAL CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BIG DAY OUT. This is a Red carpet event held at local venues for local Sick, Handicapped and Severely Disabled Children in the community. This event assures an exceptional day for special children who are not always afforded the pleasures of a normal childhood. Equally importantly, funds raised from this event will be used to purchase and maintain the Institute’s Free Mobile Cancer Screening Unit. The Lions Cancer Screening is a free service run by Lions Club Members and volunteers that travels around WA diagnosing people with potential Skin Cancer.

10 October 2016 – Shell Goal Zero Harm Award for Phil

Linch-pin would like to congratulate our employee Phil Daglish (Company Site Representative) who has been awarded the Shell – Goal Zero Hero Award for the Shell Fitzroy Project.

Phil was a late change during the project as Shell CSR on the Vessel “Ile De Batz”. Within a short space of time, Phil absorbed the Shell Safety Culture and proved a champion on board the vessel for promoting the Shell Goal Zero goals and behaviours to the crew and contractors. The result was a well-managed and safe deployment with zero LTIs and a heightened awareness of safety for the “Ile De Batz” crew. The impact of Phil’s actions were also noted in a commendation from the owner of the vessel recognising two years LTI free on the vessel.

The Goal Zero Hero Award is for exceptional HSSE performance on the Prelude FLNG Project Only, nominations are done every quarter.

Linch-pin have been providing support to the Shell Prelude FLNG Project since June 2014 supplying Company Site Representatives and Project Engineers to support the installation campaign.

Linch-pin Completes Designs for Balnaves Decommissioning

Linch-pin has completed the design of innovative temporary works associated with the decommissioning of the Balnaves Riser Turret Mooring (RTM). As the offshore contractor for operator Woodside Petroleum, SapuraKencana Australia (SKA) requested that Linch-pin provide Structural and Naval Architecture engineering support for the RTM removal operations offshore. The removal of 6 x 135 tonne clump weights posed a significant risk as the original greenfields design had not considered all aspects of the required lifting operation.

Linch-pin were able to quickly provide a concept for the safe removal of the clump weights that involved the use of subsea structures to safely land out and downend the clump weights onto Lifting Frames. The clump weights could then be retrieved to the vessel deck by safely lifting from the Lifting Frames. The concept was then taken through detailed design, meeting SKA’s extremely tight deadline for the work.


20 September 2016 – Linch-pin Completes Fibre Optic Network

Linch-pin has completed work on Telstra’s subsea Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) network connecting optical fibre submarine telecommunications cables from Resource Operator facilities in North-West Australia to Telstra’s terrestrial fibre optic network. The system is known as the Barrow Island Fibre Optic Cable System and it connects Barrow Island to landings in Onslow, Devil Creek as well as the Wheatstone Platform.

Linch-pin provided the Project Management, Construction Management and Support Engineering for the FOC installation.

FOC Fibre Optic Cable

Linch-pin Provides Technical Assistance to Telstra

With the help of Linch-pin Telstra has successfully installed two fibre optic cables to the Wheatstone Platform. The cables which were extremely sensitive to bending were pulled through a J-tube running down the platform legs and then sealed using a specially designed plug.

Linch-pin was able to provide high level Orcaflex analysis to deliver numerous installation methodologies. These methodologies were tested with various sea/swell combinations to find seastate limitations of each concept. Vessel orientation and position optimisation were key in reducing the effective heave of the system. Another significant factor that was examined was the contact motion and impact force between the J-tube seal and seabed.

See a full video of one of the many simulations run by Linch-pin here.Telstra Image