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    Van Oord ACZ invests in new fallpipe vessel

    News // October 19, 2001
    International marine and offshore contractor Van Oord ACZ, based in the Netherlands, has reached an agreement with Jebsen Beltships of Norway with respect to the conversion of a new self unloading bulk carrier to a flexible fallpipe vessel. The vessel will be named Rocknes, and will be capable of loading 25,500 tonnes of rock.

    The Rocknes will be equipped with DP II, high-tech survey equipment and will have 40 per cent more loading capacity than the largest fallpipe vessel currently in operation.

    The conversion is the latest venture in the 18-year relationship between the two companies. The vessel - which was built by J J Sietas in Hamburg - was launched as recently as September 2001.

    Van Oord ACZ will undertake the conversion of the vessel at the beginning of 2002 and envisages the deployment of the Rocknes from early summer 2002 onwards.

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