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    Saipem to strengthen its offshore fleet with a new field development ship

    Vessel & ROV News // December 18, 2007

    Saipem is to build a new deepwater field development ship, with an overall investment estimated at approximately €380 million.

    Saipem said the order will be placed with the shipyard in the second quarter of 2008, upon conclusion of the engineering
    phase. Fabrication will last 36 months.

    The new vessel will be named Saipem FDS 2 and will operate alongside the Saipem FDS, which has been active since 2000.

    Said the company: "The new Saipem FDS 2 will strengthen Saipem’s competitive position in the deepwater field development market in the traditional areas of West Africa, Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico; furthermore, it will allow Saipem to seize opportunities expected in the fast-growing Mediterranean Sea and South-East Asia markets."

    The new ship will have a length of 175m, moulded breadth of 32m and moulded depth of 14.5m.

    Saipem FDS 2 will be equipped with a DP3 dynamic positioning
    system, will have a maximum transit speed of 13 knots and be able to accommodate 280 people.

    The vessel will be equipped with a vertical J-lay tower with a maximum capacity of 1,500 tons designed to J-lay sea lines of up to 36in in diameter, in water depths of up to 3,000m.

    Saipem FDS 2 will also be capable of S-laying sea lines of the same diameter.


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