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    ABS to class Sapura 3000

    Vessel & ROV News // March 28, 2006

    Classification society ABS says is will class Sapura 3000, the heavy-lift crane and pipe-laying vessel currently under construction at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore.

    Sapura 3000, designed by Sea of Solutions BV, The Netherlands, is a 3,000 short tons heavy-lift derrick pipelay vessel that will be self-propelled and designated DPS-2 meaning redundant dynamic positioning.

    As offshore field developments are taking place in increasingly deeper waters, the ability of an offshore vessel to remain on-station at location is critical.

    "ABS classification standards were chosen for this vessel because of the class society’s offshore experience and extensive knowledge with DP," said the company.

    Sapura 3000 is equipped with a Helideck in compliance with UK CAP437 and IMO Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships, Res A.534(13) and has accommodations for more than 200 persons.

    The Class Notation for the vessel is: XA1(E) , XAMS, XDPS-2 with the description "Heavylift/Pipelaying Vessel" in the Record.

    The vessel is expected to be delivered in fourth quarter 2006. Upon completion, Sapura 3000 will be deployed offshore Malaysia.

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