Bend Stiffener Connector

Bend Stiffener Connector

As operators look to increase the number of subsea field tie-backs to their offshore facilities, the ability to add new flexible risers and umbilical’s quickly and easily in space-restricted locations, without the need for divers, is the cost-effective proposition offered by First Subsea's range of self-energising, ROV-less and diverless Bend Stiffener Connectors (BSC). The BSC is enabling operators to perform faster and safer installations of flexible risers and umbilical’s to 'crowded' platforms, FPSOs and Buoys.

The First Subsea BSC comprises of a Ballgrab connector and a bend stiffener.

First Subsea BSCs offer:

ROV-less and diverless installation

Quick and easy engagement

Simple release procedure

Self-aligning and self-energising installation

No centraliser required

The BSC eliminates the need for both diver and ROV intervention. It enables a simpler riser / umbilical connection, as well as expanding the installation window by allowing BSC deployment in less favourable conditions than those needed for diver installation or in waters too shallow for effective ROV operation.

There are two types of BSC depending on the demands of the offshore environment and application:

Type I - This connector is specifically designed to allow risers and umbilical’s to be installed in existing I tube and J tube bell mouths. The connection is completed using an ROV.

Type II - This connector is designed for new build applications where the BSC receptacle is pre-installed. The connection can be completed with or without an ROV.


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