Following a design review performed by a team of experts in the Global Engineering division of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in Houston, Texas, ABS has formally issued an Approval In Principle (AIP) for the conceptual design of the DL-8000 DeltaLifter. Following its independent and unbiased review of documents submitted by ICE on behalf of DeltaLifter Technologies AS, the Norwegian owner of the patented DeltaLifter concept, ABS has concluded that in terms of stability, structures and systems the DeltaLifter would meet ABS’ applicable rules and recommendations as well as be in compliance with good industry standards, proven technology and sound engineering practices.

Following a review with the ABS team who performed the AIP assessment, ABS at a ceremony in Houston on November 6th this year handed a Certificate of Approval in Principle to Mr Draegebo, the Chairman and Chief Executive of ICE. The picture shows Roy Bleiberg, Vice President of Engineering for ABS Americas (in the centre) giving the Certificate to Mr Draegebo, witnessed by Senthil Chidambaram, ABS’ Manager of Offshore Engineering.

Commenting on the event, Mr Draegebo said that whereas the DeltaLifter has been developed originally as a safe and cost-effective tool to remove decommissioned offshore jackets, ICE is now investigating using the same method for installing – and ultimately removing for maintenance or decommissioning – offshore wind turbines and has submitted a patent application accordingly. ICE is now in discussions with decommissioning contractors who see the tremendous cost savings and other benefits of the DeltaLifter compared with alternative removal technologies. At the upcoming Marintec 2019 trade show in Shanghai ICE is showing a scale model of the DeltaLifter as well as a video animation showing how it operates. The animation is also available at
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