CIMC Raffles to build heavy lifters for Shandong Twin MarineYard News // November 22, 2016
Shandong Twin Marine, which is part of Shandong Offshore in China, has awarded a contract to CIMC Raffles to build three DP3 semi submersible heavy lifters for use in the offshore decommissioning industry.
In a statement, CIMC Raffles said the vessels would have a lifting capacity of 34,000 tonnes.
In 2014, Shandong Group reached an agreement with Twin Marine Heavylift AS in Norway to establish a joint venture, Shandong Twin Marine, which would own and operate a version of the Twin Marine Lifter (TML) concept developed by the Norwegian company. Twin Marine Heavylift was founded in 2010 after a acquisition of Twin Marine Lifter technology, IP Rights and the design of the TML lift arm system.
The TML concept was orginally developed by SeaMetric International, which got as far as ordering construction of two heavy lift/transport vessels in China before thc ontracts were cancelled in 2009.