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    New generation multi-purpose vessel for GSP Drilling

    Vessel & ROV News // February 12, 2008

    GSP Drilling's construction ship will be unique, claims Sea of Solutions.

    Romanian drilling contractor GSP Drilling, part of the Upetrom Group, has awarded Dutch design office Sea of Solutions a design contract for a new DP3 multi-purpose construction vessel.

    The new vessel will be unique in the world as it efficiently and economically combines three offshore operating capabilities in one vessel design: pipelaying, heavy lift operations and tender assist drilling operations.

    Sea of Solutions is undertaking the contract in close co-operation with Finnish engineering company Deltamarin. Both companies were involved in the conceptual design of the vessel and are currently working on the basic design.

    The design is based on the robust and proven concept design of the Seabarge 3000 and fully customized to GSP Drilling’s requirements.

    Currently there are no similar types of vessels in the market able to perform both construction works and deepwater tender assist drilling operations. Furthermore, the vessel will be able to work in all areas of the world, including deepwater.

    The vessel will be classed DP3 with a total of eight thrusters but will also have a mooring system. The 1,800 tonne main crane will be located at the starboard aft side of the vessel, allowing for free aft deck space to hook up a gangway in tender assist drilling mode.

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