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    IHC Merwede launches pipelay vessel Sapura Topázio

    Yard News // February 24, 2014

    IHC Merwede has named and launched the pipelay vessel Sapura Topázio in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.

    The 550 tonne pipelay vessel – ordered by Sapura Navegaçăo Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill – is the second in a series of five which will be completely designed, engineered and built by IHC Merwede.

    After delivery, the vessel is destined for Brazilian waters and work on behalf of Petrobras.

    The vessel will be equipped with a pipelaying spread designed by IHC Engineering
    Business. It includes two below-deck storage carousels, with capacities for 2,500 tonnes and 1,500 tonnes of product respectively. A vertical (tiltable) lay system – with a 550 tonne top tension capacity – will be permanently installed for the deployment of a range of flexible products.

    The tower orientation allows for maximum deck space, while utilising a high-capacity 610 tonne abandonment and recovery (A&R) system. A custom-designed control system from IHC Drives & Automation integrates each aspect of the pipelaying spread to ensure excellent performance, safety and reliability.


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