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Moored Iceberg Net

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241478D
Publication Date: 2015-May-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

Large icebergs often pose a risk to subsea equipment, creating a need to bury or otherwise protect them from the iceberg keels. This method seeks to moor nets onto the seabed to catch the icebergs if they come in the vicinity of the subsea equipment.

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Moored Iceberg Net

Abstract

Large icebergs often pose a risk to subsea equipment, creating a need to bury or otherwise protect them from the iceberg keels. This method seeks to moor nets onto the seabed to catch the icebergs if they come in the vicinity of the subsea equipment.

Invention Description

This invention is designed to help protect subsea equipment and pipelines from impact with an iceberg.

This method seeks to moor nets onto the seabed to catch the icebergs if they come in the vicinity of the subsea equipment. The nets would only extend a certain distance above the seabed and would allow protection of the subsea equipment while allowing smaller (less deep) icebergs to transverse the area unhindered. This would ultimately allow the iceberg to be towed away or eventually float away when the current changes direction. The nets would be supported by buoyant elements at the ends of the mooring lines attached to the nets.

Other potential configurations for the iceberg nets might include options where the mooring system is shared between multiple bundles such as:

The figures above demonstrate that the iceberg net could be in any number of shapes surrounding the subsea equipment. The shapes could be fully or partially encapsulating the subsea equipment.