Wärtsilä design chosen for self-propelled jack-upVessel & ROV News // April 6, 2016
Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to provide the design for a new self-propelled jack-up lift vessel. The contract was signed in March with a well known Chinese yard and there is an option for three more vessels. The Wärtsilä design is developed in collaboration with Altis, a consultancy company specialising in the liftboat market.
Liftboats are self-propelled and provide an offshore elevating platform with manoeuvring capabilities to support various operations, including oil well intervention activities, and the maintenance, repairs, upgrades and removal of offshore rigs.
This latest Wärtsilä design provides better performance compared to conventional designs. In particular its crane capacity, MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) compliance, accommodation, operational water depth, and DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) are all areas where improvements have been made.
The 70.5m vessel can accommodate 250 people and will be capable of operating in water depths of up to 75m. It is scheduled for delivery to the customer in September, 2017.