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    Subsea 7 orders multi-purpose OCV at IHC Merwede

    Vessel & ROV News // May 9, 2008

    Subsea 7 has returned to IHC Merwede for its latest newbuild project.

    IHC Merwede has confirmed that it has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of a multi-purpose Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV) for Subsea 7.

    The yard said it won the order based on its ability to offer what it called "an interesting fixed price" for the vessel and
    because of the successful and cost effective co-operation with Subsea 7 on three earlier orders.

    Said the yard: "The design of the new vessel is in full compliance with the owners requirements including the integration of the complete pipelay spread, ROV system and cranes. The vessel will be built within the required short delivery time and budget constraints of the customer. Delivery of the vessel will take place in the third quarter of 2010. The introduction of this multi-purpose OCV will provide Subsea 7 with a vessel that meets the highest standards and latest regulations."

    Mel Fitzgerald, Subsea 7s Chief Executive Officer, said: "This investment in yet another new vessel demonstrates our considerable commitment to becoming the subsea partner of choice for our customers and reinforces our confidence in the
    market going forward."

    "It also builds on Subsea 7s already strong working relationship
    with IHC Merwede where we have successfully built the Seven Oceans and Seven Seas on time and on budget, and also with Huisman.

    The ship has been designed by IHC Merwede in close concert with Subsea 7. It will be suitable for worldwide operation and its main task will be pipelaying at a maximum depth of 3,000m.

    A 250 tonnes Huisman knuckleboom crane will enable the vessel to carry out offshore construction work. Both operations can be supported by two fully integrated work class ROVs. Below the large working deck, which has a load capacity of 10 t/m, two carrousels will be installed for pipe storage, each having a capacity of 1,250 tonnes.

    Apart from the carrousels the vessel will have the ability to carry five reels on the working deck or one large additional carrousel having a capacity of 3,000 tonnes.

    The vessel will have a 6.6kV integrated electric power generation system and propulsion by three electro-motor driven fixed pitch propellers in azimuthing nozzles. One retractable azimuthing thruster will be fitted in the forward part of the vessel; two transverse thrusters will be arranged in a tunnel forward.


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