Ulstein Sea of Solutions designs unique vessel for Black SeaVessel & ROV News // August 27, 2008
GSP Titan is a combined pipelay, heavy lift and tender assist vessel.
Romanian contractor GSP Drilling has signed a contract with Keppel Singmarine for the construction of a DP3 multi-purpose vessel GSP Titan, a vessel that will be unique in the world as it combines three offshore operating capabilities into one vessel: pipelay, heavy lift and tender assist drilling operations.
The unit has been designed by Dutch design office of Ulstein Sea of Solutions and is scheduled for delivery in August 2011.
Currently, no similar types of vessels in the market are able to perform both construction work and deepwater tender assist operations.
Apart from this unique combination of operating modes, GSP Titan will be the first large pipelay/heavy lift vessel in the world that will be propelled by three Voith Schneider Propellers aft, which will also be used for roll damping.
The customised 1,800 tonne Huisman heavy lift mast crane will be lowered and integrated into the starboard aft side enabling the vessel to pass into the Black Sea.
“The client's requirements challenged the creativeness of our people to come with innovative solutions. We are proud this has been achieved also in close cooperation with the suppliers involved,” said managing director Bob Rietveldt.
The new vessel will be 161.5m overall with length between perpendiculars of 155.7m, beam (moulded) of 37.8m, depth (moulded) of 15.0m, depth (freeboard) of 9.1m, draft (design) of 6.2m, and will have a transit speed of 13 knots and installed power of 6 x 4,300kW.