Levingston Middle East and Gulf Piping Company sign contract to build liftboatYard News // November 12, 2012
Levingston Middle East, FZE, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and Gulf Piping Company of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, have signed a contract to build a Levingston 320EX liftboat, with construction to start immediately.
The yard said the Levingston 320EX self-elevating, Mobile Offshore Unit (MOU) will be a "world class" liftboat with 320ft (97.5m) of leg length, an open deck area of 11,000 square feet (1,022m2), a net deck load capacity of 750 short tons (680 tonnes) and accommodation for 160 personnel including navigation crew.
The 320EX vessel will have a liftboat jacking system designed by Levingston and EBI utilizing EBI’s 12-tooth pinion jacking system technology.
The 320EX is also outfitted with two leg-encircling cranes designed by Levingston and RAM Cranes, each with a 250 tonne capacity.
The 320EX’s thrusters, a Z-Drive azimuth thruster, and a Bow tunnel thruster, will be provided by Rolls Royce. There are three Bergen diesel main generators and one MTU 12 V2000 emergency generator also provided by Rolls Royce on the 320EX.
The liftboat is designed to meet the requirements of The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and will have a wide range of capabilities which include well intervention, platform service and maintenance, plug and abandonment, additional accommodation, offshore construction, offshore coiled tubing, and wind turbine installation and service.
The 320EX is designed to operate in offshore regions such as in the Arabian Gulf, South East Asia, West Africa, Mexico, and in Central and South America.
Gulf Piping Company (GPC) will carry out the complete detailed and fabrication engineering, procurement, fabrication, mechanical completion, pre-commissioning, commissioning and sea trials until handi over of the liftboat including the installation and commissioning of all the equipment’s Packages and cranes and its 160-man accommodation/living quarters.
GPC will utilize its 750,000m2 fabrication, drydock and jetty facilities in Abu Dhabi, the largest Fabrication facilities in the UAE, for the execution of the project.
Fritz Hofbauer, CEO and Managing Director of GPC, said:"GPC is very pleased signing this contract hoping that this contract will be the beginning of a new successful relationship with Levingston to construct more liftboats with the Levingston design."
Delivery of the 320EX Liftboat is due to take place in the second quarter of 2014.
Ronald Sanders, CEO and Chairman of Levingston, said: "Construction of the 320EX in the United Arab Emirates is the seventh of our 320E class liftboats. The 320EX will have advanced features not currently seen in liftboats. Advances in these designs has given us the opportunity to deliver leading edge technology to the liftboat industry all over the world."