COSCO confirms heavylift ship detailsNews // September 21, 2001
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.