Sophisticated pipelay vessel to be built to ABS standardsVessel & ROV News // June 19, 2007
ABS has been selected to class a highly sophisticated pipelay vessel for Saipem being built at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard in China.
The vessel will be ice-strengthened and equipped with the highest level of redundant dynamic positioning (DP3).
The purpose-built pipelay and subsea construction vessel is expected to be delivered in early 2010 and will be able to operate worldwide, including the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and Barents Sea as it will meet harsh environment criteria.
The vessel will be 290m long with a beam of 39m and a main deck height of 24m.
The vessel will be equipped with a 600 tonne mast crane and two 55 tonne pipe handling gantry cranes.
On board accommodation will be sufficient for 538.
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 has extensive knowledge and experience with dynamic positioning systems.