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moon pool

[′mün ‚pül]
(petroleum engineering)
In offshore drilling, an opening in the ship hull that provides access for the well drilling and completion machinery.
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The Amundsen also has indoor access to the Arctic Ocean through a kind of trapdoor in the base of the ship called the "Moon Pool." Not far from my berth, whenever the Moon Pool is open, I can smell the sea.
The contract includes delivery of an automated module handling system featuring a handling tower, moon pool hatches, cursors, skidding arrangement and control systems.
However, in the context of a growing interest in the larger context and history of modern science fiction, this is a timely and rewarding reprint of Merritt's best known novel, The Moon Pool (1919).
Climb the steps making for the Business School and find Bettina Furnee's Moon Pool secretly hidden away to the left.
It is lowered by the ship's specially designed 75-ft high drill tower and two 80K lb draw works through the moon pool, and soft-landed on the sea bed by means of a heave-compensation system.
On the science front, the CTD (conductivity, temperature and depth) hangar, which includes a moon pool, is taking shape.
The new polar vessel will have a helipad, a moon pool that gives scientists direct access to the sea through the ship's hull, flying robots and steel that can break through a metre of ice and withstand temperatures of -40degC.
Already we can see the beginnings of the cargo fuel tanks, drop keels, moon pool, wet well, and mounting points for the main engine and electric drive bays.
The Smart Reel includes intrinsically safe components and generates its own power, eliminating the need to run power to the moon pool.
There was, for example, lots of earnest, blah blah babble about "hydrothermal vent fields" (I think), "dive communication protocol", "engines of existence" - and many frantically-delivered lines like: "There's no way for him to manoeuvre into the moon pool!" All this was mixed together with some (other) embarrassingly over-the- top dialogue, such as "What we find down there could be a game-changer for the whole world!" One member of the crew, young Maddy (Antonia Thomas) didn't make it through to the end of the opener - apparently bumped off by sinister Admiralty man Raymond Hopkins (Tobias Menzies).
It is equipped with dynamic positioning to allow working in 3.5 metre significant wave height, a 900 tonne main crane capable of placing 750 tonne subsea structures down to 600 metres below sea level, an 18-man two-bell diving system, two work-class ROVs and a strengthened moon pool. The Khankendi can carry out complex activities without the need for anchors.
The dive bell handling system is designed for over-the-side and moon pool deployment of the bell.