FSO Pargo Hose Reel Project

Bastiaan Scheepers and Matthew Hillbrich

INCITIAS designed, built and installed a custom hose reel , during COVID, less than 10 months from the award.

Using our modular design INCITIAS minimised the deliverable timing of this Tandem offloading hose reel package. The design, build and installation of the hose reel took less than ten months from the award.


Dixstone Holdings approached Bastiaan Scheepers, INCITIAS Director, to prepare a proposal for a tandem offloading hose reel package. To reduce the cost, without compromising the function and reliability, INCITIAS and Dixstone agreed to

  • power the hose reel from the FSO hydraulic power unit (instead of providing a dedicated unit)
  • remove the automatic synchronisation between the spooler and drum to avoid the control system, and
  • fabricate the hose reel near the FSO integration shipyard to reduce the transport cost and time


The INCITIAS project manager Matthew Hillbrich and the engineering team were responsible for the detailed engineering and design. After identifying potential fabricators, they short-listed the most suitable suppliers and issued RFQs. Completing a technical bid evaluation of the proposals, considering several criteria, including the fabricators’ proximity to the shipyard, a preferred fabricator was selected.


An interesting time for Project Management, with the project award, the detail engineering and the fabricator award all completed without leaving our homes in Melbourne due to COVID travel restrictions.


“One of the biggest risks for the project was the procurement of long-lead items, specifically the slew ring from Italy and components of the hydraulic drive system,” Matthew explained. The world was still navigating global COVID restrictions and requirements. INCITIAS expected delays in manufacturing and shipping and solved these risks with a flexible approach for work execution locations and shipping requirements. “For example,” Matthew expands, “rather than delaying the project with shipping, installation in Melbourne and onward shipping, we shipped the slew ring from Italy direct to Dubai and assembled it with the drive plate assembly in Dubai, which was simultaneously shipped from Australia”.


The specialist components including the drive system and plate were fabricated in Melbourne and assembled a short drive away. Critical to the successful delivery of the assembly was the trust in our selected fabricators and effective communication with our stakeholders ensured a solid understanding of our requirements.

We oversaw the hydraulic drive system’s drive plate fabrication and FAT testing. We then arranged transport and shipping to the Jebel Ali free zone in Dubai and delivery to our selected fabricator. They had been progressing the fabrication of the main hose reel structure.  


Matthew Hillbrich, Project Manager, went to Dubai to be present for the FAT and proof load tests, effecting the first in-person meeting with the Client and fabricator.


Matthew explained, “We received client approval for the FAT and proof load tests with only minor actions required, such as small sections of protective coating to repair.” Once the fabricator had finalised those activities, the hose reel was prepared for delivery.


Subsequently, INCITIAS arranged the transport of the hose reel from the fabricator yard to the FSO conversion yard at DryDocks World Dubai. The delivery involved land transportation on a hydraulic trailer to the wharf at Jebel Ali and marine transportation by barge to the FSO.


At DryDocks World Dubai, the Hose Reel was offloaded and successfully installed on the FSO Pargo, lifted into position by DryDocks World’s 2,000T Shearleg Floating Crane.


Our client was pleased with the outcome and smooth delivery of the operation. Our project managers and engineers have the agility to plan approaches and solutions to suit the circumstances and situations and the confidence in our quality processes to manage any challenges which might occur. 

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Bastiaan Scheepers – Director


Matthew Hillbrich – Project Manager

INCITIAS can design - build - deliver your original equipment

As with the above project, our original equipment can be 100% customised for your project specifications and requirements.

Engineering Services

INCITIAS Services and Original Products are supported by in-house team of engineers and designers:

  • Naval architects
  • Process engineers
  • Mechanical and Marine engineers
  • Safety and risk engineers
  • Structural and civil engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation engineers
  • Subsea engineers
  • Construction supervisors

Naval Architecture services:

  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Hydrostatic analysis
  • Offshore and nearshore mooring systems design 
  • Design in accordance with IMO and class requirements

Process Engineering services:

  • Cryogenic system engineering for LNG, ethane, LPG, and hydrogen
  • Chemical engineering for olefins, biodiesel, and chemical bulk handling
  • Natural gas networks
  • Fuel systems
  • Jetty topsides for conventional oil and LNG
  • FPSO topsides design
  • Process system commissioning

Mechanical and Marine Engineering services:

  • Original equipment and machinery design
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic system design
  • Cryogenic pressure vessel design
  • Piping systems design
  • Package engineering
  • Marine systems integrations
  • Cargo and ballast systems, HVAC, and cooling propulsion solutions

Safety and Risk Engineering services:

  • Explosion studies
  • Gas dispersion studies
  • Cooling water dispersion studies
  • QRA, HAZOP and HAZID coordination

Structural Engineering services:

  • Marine and offshore structure design
  • Structure life extension
  • Fatigue studies
  • Asset integrity

Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering services:

  • Load lists
  • Shore-to-ship power connections
  • Power system design
  • LV and MV engineering
  • Subsea electrical systems engineering
  • Process and machinery instrumentation design

Subsea Engineering services:

  • ROV operations engineering
  • Subsea intervention engineering
  • Subsea pipeline system design
  • Flexible flowline and umbilical design

FPSO External Riser turret mooring

Mooring Handling LIFTING BEAM GENERAL ASSEMBLY Original Equipment

Hose Reel 3D hybrid render

FPSO Bow Extension 3D modelling

FPSO Decommissioning

Our clients find our experience invaluable during FPSO decommissioning planning and execution, using the INCITIAS teams’ ability to assess the most suitable strategy, based on the project and local authority’s requirements. Our team has extensive experience in the design and installation of FPSO mooring systems, risers and umbilicals.


We can support the client decommissioning plan with the following services:


  • Decommissioning option selection study and recommendation
  • Cost estimate and assessment of cost escalation
  • Contracting strategy options selection and recommendation
  • Integrated owner engineering team
  • Original equipment to unlock value in the decommissioning plan
  • Project management of decommissioning team and sub-contractor


Examples of typical deliverables for FPSO Decommissioning are:


  • Execution plan and cost estimation
  • Riser, umbilical and mooring disconnection analysis
  • Vessel spread selection and market enquiry
  • Decommissioning story board, tools and resource lists 
  • Design and build of original equipment 
  • ROV campaign support
  • Decommissioning schedule and procedure
  • Request for quotation, bid assessment and recommendation 

Single Point Mooring system

Turret Mooring

Independent Verification Design

Working together with INCITIAS, clients can obtain objective evidence of asset compliance with project requirements.

With our independent verification design process, INCITIAS applies an efficient risk-based assessment method to prioritise critical elements of the asset.


An INCITIAS comprehensive review can include:


  • Desktop review of design documents
  • Review of HAZID, EIA and QRA findings
  • Risk ranking of asset elements
  • Preparation of review plan
  • Client approval of review plan
  • Execute review plan, including on-site performance verification
  • Issue of certification certificate

We work together with our clients to ensure the appropriate level of review is carried out.

Operations & Maintenance Support

INCITIAS combines our Engineering expertise with real world Operations and Maintenance experience.  We support our clients with O&M development and management activities including:


  • Enterprise management system development
  • Organisation structure development and evaluation
  • Systems and procedures development and review, including detailed procedures, permits and work systems
  • Emergency response systems
  • Defining specific port operations requirements
  • Operation and maintenance training and competency assessment
  • Commissioning activities

Integrated Owner’s Engineering Services

We support Owners with engineering, technical, and project management expertise across LNG, marine, and vessel conversion projects. Our clients can minimise risk and maximise opportunities earlier in project execution, with INCITIAS Owner’s engineering services. 


INCITIAS can provide integrated owner’s engineering services for onshore and offshore projects from a client office, site location or remotely from our offices in Melbourne. 


Typical services are:


  • Design and construction management
  • Customised risk management solutions
  • Specialist LNG process and marine engineering
  • Budget implementation, scheduling, and cost control
  • Non-permanent on-site dedicated offices for project



Indicative deliverables are:


  • Technical document reviews
  • Project bankability documents 
  • Basis of design
  • Functional performance specification
  • Resource plan and project schedule
  • Request for quotation and technical bid evaluation
  • Participation in HAZID, HAZOP, QRA, design reviews
  • FAT (Factory Acceptance Tests) certification
  • Work packs for installation contractor

We can be as involved as you require. From specialist resources who consultant on specific aspects of your project, to the provision of a fully integrated Owners team. 

At INCITIAS we develop tailor-made delivery solutions to match your project’s execution strategy and risk profile. Offering a full range of alternative delivery methods enables us to deliver the most effective project outcomes for you.

CLP Jetty Installation during the daytime

Advisory Services

INCITIAS offers integrated technical and commercial advisory services to assist clients advance their projects and provide support for their decision-making process. Clients can reduce risk and maximise opportunities by accessing our team of advisory specialists’ wealth of experience.


Typical advisory services are:


  • Technology assessment and selection. 
  • Commercial risk assessment.
  • Pre-feasibility, feasibility, and pre-FEED and FEED studies.
  • Contract review against the project technical performance.
  • Independent review of project execution plan.

INCITIAS techno-commercial advisory services aligns commercial drivers with feasible and proven technical solutions. Our team’s experience includes facility selection, financial assessment, contracting strategies, construction management and project operations. Assisting clients meet their business objectives using our capabilities to provide insights and solutions. 


Indicative deliverables are:


  • Site selection study
  • Environmental pre-assessment 
  • Technology options, recommendations and definition
  • Review of contract commitment against the facility performance
  • CAPEX and OPEX estimates
  • Financial models, NPV calculation, tolling model, and sensitivity assessment 
  • Project bankability document pack
  • Probabilistic models combining queueing and Monte Carlo assessment for logistic studies
  • HAZID, HAZOP, QRA and project risk assessment 
  • Operations and training requirements definition