Reel Drive System

Reel Drive System

Reel Drive Systems (RDS) comprise two identical hub drive towers, running on parallel fabricated deck rails. The design is robust, safe and reliable for optimum operations and the system is built in modules for ease of mobilization.

We offer the RDS as a standalone unit or as multi-reel handling system to meet customer’s needs. The system capacity are 350 tons, 400 tons and 500 tons capacity, with reels diameter ranging from 6m to 11.4m. The system is designed to deploy and recover at tensions of up to 15 tons and the speeds of up to 20m/min.

RDS is capable of supporting the reel and product weight in addition to forces by the vessel motion during operations.

The RDS comprises of 2 Hydraulic or Electrical Driven Reel Drive Towers complete with:


  • Hydraulic jacks to raise and lower the drive hubs
  • Adapter plates to suite different reel flange arrangements and hole centers
  • Hydraulic skidding system for two or more reels
  • Deck grillage
  • Support cradles to suit individual reels
  • Safety platforms and access.



RDS 350 (Standalone Unit)

  • RDS Weight 65 tonnes
  • Constant Tension 15 tonnes
  • Reel 8.6M
  • Max Reel Weight 350 tonnes
  • Constant Reel Speed 1.04 rpm

RDS 500 (6M to 11.4M)

  • RDS Weight 150 tonnes
  • Constant Tension 15 tonnes
  • Reel 6M, 8.6M, 9.2M & 11.4M
  • Max Reel Weight 500 tonnes
  • Constant Reel Speed 1.04 rpm