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    New vessel could work in oil and gas or renewables market

    Vessel & ROV News // April 29, 2016

    9 May will see a new multipurpose support vessel, Solution, formally named at Urk in The Netherlands by its owner DUC Marine Group.

    The new vessel was purpose-built for DUC Marine Group, who have been active in diving, construction and maintenance services for the offshore and inshore industries for 30 years. The new vessel aims to fill a gap in the offshore renewables and oil and gas construction and maintenance industry.

    “The vessels in our fleet are employed year-round, so we have had to charter additional vessels for our projects”, a DUC spokesperson explained. “We found that current vessels are either too small with insufficient capacity and possibilities, or too big and therefore not cost-effective. So we decided to design a ship with exactly the right size, capacity, versatility and cost efficiency."

    The company says that Solution is "perfectly suited" for operations such as buoy installation, SPM maintenance, bathymetric survey, soil investigation, UXO survey and clearance, cable removal, debris removal, grouting work and bubble curtain deployment.

    At 55m with a shallow draft of minimum 2.80m and maximum 3.50m, Solution can work close to wind turbines and platforms. The vessel accommodates 42 people with capacity for additional client offices on the upper deck.

    "Solution is designed to remain stable even in heavy weather," said the company. "The low draft has been matched with a low air draft and the vessel is equipped with a DP2 system for superior positioning. There are two knuckleboom cranes: a mid-ships unit of 90 tonnes and on the aft deck a 290 tonne unit. The main crane includes a 10 tonne active heave compensated winch. These features combined enable Solution to operate in up to sea state 4."

    The vessel has a DP2 dynamic positioning system and the vessel is classified ICE IE. it is also capable of beaching, and has two moonpools for survey work. Once equipment is on location, a full dive spread can be mobilised in just under six hours, with strongpoints for containers and LARS systems already in the correct position.

    Construction of Solution was managed by DUC, in close cooperation with architect Hernand Jansen, Shipcon Yard and Hoekman Yard. Solution is due to start work in the Baltic.

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