Green Marine were awarded the contract to be the principal marine contractor for Microsoft’s project NATICK. This involved; extensive operational planning and document creation; assembly of the device at the quayside; loadout and device installation on site; device recovery following the deployment period; preparation for transport and dismantling of the device frame.
As part of the planning stage a cable lay analysis was carried out. The primary reason for performing this was to establish a procedure for laying cable while ensuring that it would not exceed any of its limiting properties. For this analysis the Green Marine naval architects used a software package from Orcina called Orcaflex. The analysis covered the recovery of an existing subsea cable, jointing and deployment of a second cable, and recovery and connection of the second cable to a third cable.