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    Flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes christened

    Vessel & ROV News // September 26, 2011

    Stornes in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    Van Oord’s new flexible fallpipe vessel, Stornes, was christened on 24 September. The event, which was attended by hundreds of guests and Van Oord employees, took place at the Wilhelmina dock in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The christening ceremony was performed by Mrs J van Vonno, wife of former Supervisory Director W van Vonno.

    Stornes is an ocean-going vessel that will be used mainly in the oil and gas industry for precision protection of pipelines and cables down to a depth of 2,000m.

    It is the third and – with a loading capacity of 27,000 tonnes – also the largest flexible fallpipe vessel in the Van Oord fleet. The Stornes was built at the CIMC Raffles yard in Yantai, China, where it was launched on 20 August 2010.

    The name of the new vessel, Stornes, is in keeping with the tradition of flexible fallpipe vessels in the Van Oord fleet (Tertnes, Nordnes). Nes is an ancient word for a peninsula in both Dutch and Norwegian. Stor is the Norwegian word for large. ‘Stornes’ therefore means ‘large peninsula’.

    Construction of the Stornes is part of Van Oord's comprehensive investment programme for 2011-2015 period, amounting to almost EUR 1 billion.

    The new fallpipe vessel is 175m in length with a breadth of 26m and total installed power of 16,182kW. It has a loading capacity 27,000 tonnes.


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