Designing a custom system to lift and set 2,200-ton and 2,600-ton offshore platforms is notable enough. But Belle Chasse, La.-based Versabar Inc. had to work with three different cultures across nine time zones and sail past real-life pirates to a site 8,500 miles away to make its most recent job successful—all within 10 months. Photo: Versabar Inc. Versatruss raises deck and carefully positions it over its jacket (above), then gently lowers it onto the jacket (below). Operators tested the procedure dockside before executing in 110 ft of open water. Versabar was hired by Al Khafji Joint Operations to use its
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.