Recently, an experimental campaign was carried out to assess the feasibility of the launching operation of two jack-up units using a barge as the launching platform. This experimental study was divided in four stages. In stages 1 to 3, a series of preliminary model tests were performed in order to provide scientific understanding of the mechanics of the operation, and investigate systematically the influence of launching parameters. The experimental approach developed for testing this operation and the results of the preliminary launching tests have been discussed in detail in a previous paper [1]. Based on the analyses of the experimental results of stages 1 to 3 and, the results of numerical simulation tools, in stage 4, a final launching condition was designed and a new set of model tests were specified to check the safety of the operation. This paper presents the results and analyses of the experimental tests in stage 4. The conditions tested in this stage covered the expected real launching condition and possible deviations in some launch parameters. The tests results include the 6-DOF motions and trajectories of the launched jack-up and the launch barge, and the reaction forces on the barge rocker arms. Later on, the success of the launching operations of P-59 and P-60 jack-up units confirmed the experimental investigation results and the feasibility of this novel launching procedure. Furthermore, it can be concluded that the experimental approach efficiently served as a tool for the assessment of high risk operations.

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