26 April 2017
Vryhof will be launching a revolutionary new anchor around the OTC 2017 event in Houston. Following two years of development and testing, the company is proud to announce the launch of its STEVSHARK®REX. Better, smarter and stronger, STEVSHARK®REX delivers holding power in extreme conditions unmatched by any other anchor. As a result, the application boundaries of drag-embedded anchors can now be expanded to the most remote and challenging territories on earth. Super-strong soils no longer represent an obstacle, thereby opening up economic opportunities for operators to develop new energy resources across a much larger area worldwide.
Evan Zimmermann, Vice President & CTO at Vryhof, is convinced that the new STEVSHARK®REX will be a game changer in creating a much more cost-effective solution for anchoring on substrates including calcarenite, a carbonite rock commonly found on Australia’s Northwestern Shelf.
“The STEVSHARK®REX is probably the most anticipated development in the mooring industry over the last decade. I truly believe that the launch of this anchor will create huge excitement and that the market will view the STEVSHARK®REX as a game changer."
"Right now, the largest initial market for the new anchor is the oil and gas sector. The drilling community is set to embrace the tool since it offers them a very cost-effective solution in a very tight market. The STEVSHARK®REX will offer a cost-effective drag-embedded anchor system in place of driven, bored and grouted piles which are much more expensive and require long lead times for design, fabrication and installation. There is no other comparable cost-saving and efficient mooring solution available on the market, right now."
"This anchor will enable operators to develop fields and renewable projects which, until now, could not conventionally be economically developed. With its greater flexibility in vessel and timing options, unlike other anchors on the market, the STEVSHARK®REX can effectively penetrate even the hardest sea floors and perform predictably.”
Senol Ozmutlu, Projects Director at Vryhof Anchors, explained the motivation behind developing the STEVSHARK®REX. “We are not your average hardware shop. At Vryhof Anchors, we offer anchoring knowledge based on long practical experience, as well as knowledge of the geotechnics, experimental research, modelling and testing. For almost half a century, we have continuously set benchmarks in offshore anchoring technology serving oil and gas, renewable energy and civil and construction sectors, among others. We continue to prove that innovation is more than just a buzzword.
At the same time, we are able to strengthen our global leading position in the mooring world, while anticipating the needs of our customers with whom we work closely in order to understand their wishes and future mooring needs. We constantly strive to deliver improvements for the offshore industry, be it oil, gas or renewable energy, as well as the dredging industry by integrating groundbreaking technologies. Our latest offering is intended for anchoring under challenging and hard ground conditions, anywhere in the world. We are always focused on making life easier for our customers, and contributing to their success. It is our conviction that the best way of doing this is to offer state-of-the-art, innovative technology and tailored solutions. For that reason, Vryhof Anchors operates its own R&D Centre and invests well above the industry average on innovation.
Thanks to our pioneering attitude we have already developed many cutting-edge mooring solutions for all kinds of floating structures, making everyday life more effective and more inspiring. This new STEVSHARK®REX is a perfect example of how we support our customers in optimising production, minimising downtimes and speeding up their operations.”
Vice President Zimmermann also underlined the essence of constant innovation. “If you want to be successful in developing the right products, you must first be able to identify trends as early as possible. Only then can you gain a full understanding of drivers behind future offshore projects. We at Vryhof develop technology that enables our clients to meet future challenges, even before they are recognised in their projects or by their customers. That ability makes our company unique and guarantees the sustainability of Vryhof as leaders in the business.”