Designed to be the
safest and most technologically advanced drill ship
in the world, Deepwater Pathfinder uses satellite
and ocean-bottom positioning systems to remain
precisely in position, even in harsh weather.
The new technology on
the vessels includes a specialized combination of
seabed and satellite systems that send signals to
onboard computers, controlling six high-powered
thrusters. The thrusters counter the forces of
currents, wind and waves to keep the vessel exactly
on target -- usually averaging less than two meters
of her mark -- without an anchor. It is this new
technology that earned the ship its DP3 (triple
redundant) classification - the highest
classification given by the ABS. This means the
vessels provide the highest degrees of safety,
redundancy and reliability.
use a cyber station to complete automated functions
which were previously done manually. This automation
allows a driller to use a computer and joystick to
pick up 90-foot joints of riser with a maximum block
weight of 1.5 million pounds, virtually eliminating
the human element from operating much of the
traditional drilling equipment, reducing the risk of
injury while increasing efficiency.
Pathfinder model has the following qualities:
- Scratch built from official plans
- Double plank-on-frame,
hollow hull construction (very important), weighing
less than 20 lbs (A
solid hull of this model would be over 70 lbs and
feel like a toy rather than an art piece.)
- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood
glued together, not
several solid pieces stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
computer-printed paper deck.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
S & H is $150