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    Dockwise confirms it is to enlarge heavy lift ship

    News // October 11, 2002
    Heavy transport shipping company Dockwise Shipping BV has confirmed that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of Ulsan, Korea for the 'jumboisation' of the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin.

    With the conversion of the Blue Marlin, Dockwise says it is responding to market demands for the transportation of heavier and ultra large floating production and drilling platforms and larger semi-submersible drilling units.

    The vessel will be widened by 21m to create a stable platform of 63m breadth. This will result in an unobstructed deck area of 11,227m2.

    The conversion, which will take place during the second half of 2003, will also include the installation of additional propulsion and upgrading of the ballast system.

    After modification, the Blue Marlin will have a deadweight of 78,000dwt, enabling the vessel to carry heavy structures up to 73,000 tonnes.

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