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    Maxita to be upgraded to DP3 heavy lift vessel

    News // June 7, 2002
    BMT Ship Design in the UK - a subsidiary of British Maritime Technology (BMT) - has announced that it had been awarded a contract to provide design support services for the conversion and upgrade of the MV Maxita to a DP3 heavy lift ship.

    BMT was selected from a number of competing consultancies by Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine Limited of Singapore.

    The MV Maxita is presently a DP2 vessel equipped with a 600t crane mounted conventionally at midships, with accommodation for upwards of 85 personnel.

    The conversion will include a complete new aft section incorporating new engine rooms, aft mounted 2400t crane, extension to the current accommodation block to accommodate 195 personnel and internal reallocation of hold and ballast spaces.

    The 2400t crane and much of the engine room equipment is to be removed from an existing vessel belonging to the Saipem Group, the MV Pearl Marine. This existing equipment will then be reused as part of the conversion.

    On completion, the MV Maxita will become one of the core vessels of the Saipem construction fleet. She will be returned to service in early 2003 in the Far East and will be used as a multi-service vessel for Saipem's worldwide operations.

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