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    Sietas shipyard to build jack-up for Van Oord

    Yard News // December 9, 2010

    Van Oord's new jack-up is due to be delivered in 2012.

    Sietas shipyard in Germany is to build a jack-up vessel for Dutch dredging and marine contractor Van Oord, which will use the vessel in the offshore windfarm installation market. The contract also includes an option for a second unit. Delivery of the jack-up is due to take place in September 2012.

    “We are delighted to have won this order, as it provides us with an entry point into the growth market that is the offshore wind industry. Naturally, it also gives us great pride to have beaten off tough competition from the Netherlands, China and the United Arab Emirates", said Rüdiger Fuchs, CEO of the Sietas Group.

    Sietas will develop the design of the jack-up, act as systems integrator and Neuenfelder Maschinenfabrik (NMF), which is part of the Sietas Group, will supply the crane.

    "We are the first company in Germany to have won such an order, as commissions for these special jack-up vessels have always previously been placed abroad,” said Mr Fuchs.

    “This newbuild order also marks an important step on the path to putting Sietas shipyard back onto a firm business footing. This innovative new type of ship takes us into the growth market that is the offshore wind industry, giving the approximately 1,000 employees of the Sietas Group a clear outlook for the future,” Mr Fuchs said.

    The jack-up vessel has a loading capacity of up to 6,500 tonnes and can work safely in depths of up to 45m. The Type 187 design will be 139m in length with a breadth of 38m. It will have a draft of 5.7m and be capable of transiting between assignments at 12 knots.

    NMF will equip the ship with a crane with an outreach of 30m, capable of lifting 900 tonnes and of operating at a height of up to approximately 120m above water level. When installing offshore wind turbines, the jack-up will accommodate 74 people onboard.


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