Experience suggests that shallow water subsea well intervention operations where strong currents are present are at a higher risk of experiencing an angular emergency disconnect. In this instance, mounting the Hot Make Hot Break (HMHB) Emergency Quick Disconnect (EQD) connector in a gimbal may be favourable.
Secc’s Gimbal swivel system permits the HMHB connector to have +/- 40° pitch and roll capabilities. This ensures that the connector is axially aligned with the fluid conduit at all times. The below image shows Secc’s HMHB connector mounted in a gimbal. This system was recently supplied to a tier 1 OEM for intervention work.