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    Nordic Heavy Lift orders 5,000 tonne crane vessel

    News // June 20, 2007

    Avonway's crane vessel will be capable of lifting 5,000 tonnes.

    Nordic Heavy Lift subsidiary Avonway has ordered a unique crane vessel with a record 5,000 tonne single mast lifting capacity from Singaporeís Sembawang Shipyard.

    Sea of Solutions, part of the Offshore Ship Designers Group, was responsible for both the concept and basic design of this monohull vessel, which has the largest single mast crane ever installed on a vessel.

    Huisman-Itrec designed and will construct the 5,000 tonne crane.

    The crane vessel is scheduled to enter service in March 2010.

    The design has many innovations but what catches the eye is the enormous single mast crane, reaching approximately 150m above the deck when topped up. It will be the largest single mast crane yet built.

    Until now the largest crane measured 3,000 tons for the Sapura 3000, also a combined Sea of Solutions/Huisman project currently under construction.

    Todayís deepwater oilfield construction projects demand high transit speeds and good DP capabilities when on station, so the†vesselís transit speed of 14 knots is achieved by installing 2 propulsion thrusters of 5.5MW each.

    These combined with four 3.2MW retractable thrusters and a 2.5MW bow thruster give the vessel DP3 class. Provision for a future 8-point mooring system is built into the design.

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