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    COSCO confirms heavylift ship details

    News // September 21, 2001
    COSCO has approved a project to build what it claims will be the world's largest and most innovative semi-submersible heavy-lift ship.

    COSCO's 'NextGen' vessel is primarily intended for use delivering production units from fabrication yards.

    The new vessel will join COSCO's mid-size newbuilding vessels currently under construction at Guangzhou Shipyard in China. As with the mid-size vessels, the NextGen vessel will be marketed under the commercial management of NMA Maritime & Offshore Contractors with offices in Rotterdam and Houston.

    NMA has completed the conceptual design for the NextGen vessel, based on extensive feedback from clients, with a deadweight capacity of 83,000t, a length of 274m, breadth of 57m, hull depth of 15m and a service speed of 14kt.

    The NextGen vessel will be able to transport SPAR hulls in one piece and complete floating production units weighing up to 70,000t.

    COSCO/NMA have awarded the next phase of the design of the NetxGen vessel to Deltamarin in Raisio, Finland.

    COSCO says the NextGen vessel will also incorporate a number of safety features, including Dynamic Positioning (DP-2) and what it calls "unique innovations" to handle extremely large loads.

    As with COSCO's mid-size vessels, the first semi-submersible vessels with DP-2, the transport engineering and load-out supervision will be handled by Noble Denton. Noble Denton's operational expertise has also been incorporated in the design of the NextGen vessel.

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