Consolidated Pipe Carriers

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Consolidated Pipe Carriers (CPC) was established in 2000 to provide world-class offshore transport solutions. Today, CPC is a leader in offshore transportation solutions and a niche company in pipeline logistics focusing on the oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Singapore, CPC has operational bases spanning four continents, with offices in Australasia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
CPC has completed projects of different scales in numerous countries and, as of 2009, has delivered close to four million tonnes of pipes, comprising over 4,000km of pipelines up to 42in in diameter. With a sound reputation for delivering a 100% accident-free safety record and a proven track record of no delay for any delivery, the CPC brand is synonymous with experience, professionalism, safety and efficiency.
CPC is one of the top ten winners of the 2009 Enterprise 50 (E50) awards. The E50 Awards identify, support, and reward Singapore's 50 most enterprising privately-owned companies across a broad spectrum of industries.
Winch-powered docking system
CPC developed the winch-powered docking system in 2001/02 to enable conventional vessels to dock alongside pipe-laying barges while running anchor spreads in a safe and efficient way. To date, CPC's project teams have successfully loaded and docked alongside anchored pipe-laying vessels more than 250 times.
Arrowhead stowage of pipes
CPC pioneered the "arrowhead" stowage of pipes in the cargo hold in 2001 to increase the net carrying capacity to surpass that of any standard pipe supply vessels and cargo barges by utilising conventional single-hold vessels.
Offshore pipeline logistics
CPC provides pipeline logistics to the offshore oil and gas industry. Proven QA and HSE policies are strictly adhered to by CPC's project management teams when working on-site with clients. The company has achieved nearly four million man hours with no LTIs.
Offshore pipeline project management
The Malampaya Project, a joint venture between Comarco and CPC, was the first project awarded to CPC. Following 18 months of preparation, surveys and negotiations, CPC secured the contract for the carriage of 240,000mt of cement-coated pipes for the Malampaya Submarine Pipeline to be laid between Batangas and the production platform off Palawan Island, the Philippines.
Over a period of five months, five multi-purpose bulk vessels performed simultaneously, delivering a total of 530km of cement-coated pipe from the port of Kuantan to the dynamically positioned pipe-laying vessel Solitaire. The entire operation was performed on schedule and without any damage to cargo, lost time or accidents.
High-speed vessels for large pipelines
The Malampaya Project was the first time conventional single-hold box-shaped vessels have been used for the supply of a large tonnage of pipes directly to the pipe layer. The traditional method of using either tug and barge or pure pipe carriers proved uneconomical in comparison with the high-speed and versatile vessels that CPC had contracted.
Pipeline supply, stowage and offloading
CPC provided a complete logistical package for the Malampaya Project, which comprised project management at Kuantan, loading to precise stowage plans and to a tight schedule, and also supervision offshore on Solitaire, coordinating the arrival, safe berthing alongside and offloading of the cargo vessels. At no time was the pipe laying interrupted as a result of shortage of pipes.
Transportation of concrete / corrosion-coated pipes
For the Shell Pearl Pipeline Project in the UAE, CPC provided the transportation of onshore 30in concrete / corrosion-coated pipelines. 976 joints (totalling 6,359mt) were transported from Mina Saqr Port to Ras Laffan Port, Qatar. A 250ft barge was utilised for the project, which took place in March 2008.

Pipeline supply and transportation projects
CPC is currently involved in various pipeline transportation projects, ranging from transportation of pipes from Kuantan, Malaysia, and Batam, Indonesia, to remote anchorages offshore Bintulu, Matak Island and Brunei, to transportation via 17,000mt bulk carriers to offshore locations for transhipment to 250ft flat-top barges. For these projects, CPC utilises lower, tween and weather deck sections of the vessel to maximise the capacity of pipes ranging from 6in to 24in.
New development - design-build special purpose vessel
With over a decade of pipe transportation experience under its belt and coupled with relevant research and development done over the past years, CPC is designing and building its own marine equipments and by late 2010 is expected to present the birth of its first pair of special-purpose vessels (SPV). CPC anticipates that this new breed of SPV will provide its clients with greater efficiency in pipe handling and more.
The SPV is another example of how CPC lives by its 'innovation backed by experience and performance' philosophy. This has been the cornerstone of CPC's success - finding a better, more cost-effective way to perform the task for our client.