Subsea 7 SA announced that it has signed a contract to build a new heavy construction vessel scheduled for delivery in 2016. Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries will be building the new vessel. Huisman will be providing the main crane and the vertical lay system.
The new vessel will be one of the most capable heavy construction vessels in Subsea 7’s fleet of over 40 ships. It will be deployed globally to meet increasing market demands for executing ever larger and more complex projects. It will have 2,600-meter deck area, a 600 tonne active heave compensated offshore crane, a 325 tonne top tension vertical lay system and a 7,000-tonne under deck basket for the storage of flexible pipes, umbilicals and cables. The vessel will be equipped with six main engines in two engine rooms designed to maximize performance in Dynamic Positioning Class III.
Mr Steve Wisely, Subsea 7 Executive Vice President Commercial, said, “This is another investment in our world class fleet so that we can continue to meet our clients’ demands for executing larger, more complex projects in deep and ultra-deepwater and harsher environments.”