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    J Ray McDermott adds new pipelay vessel to fleet

    Vessel & ROV News // March 16, 2010

    J Ray McDermott has announced the addition of a new pipelay vessel LB32, with what it claims is a unique shallow-water lay capability, to its worldwide fleet.

    The vessel is designed to S-lay pipe up to 60in in diameter, and is equipped with the latest pipe tensioning equipment with a capacity of up to 120 tonnes. The vessel will deploy both rigid and buoyant stingers enabling work in water depths from 2.5m to 300m.

    The 111m long newbuild vessel has a fully integrated custom-built pipelay system including J Ray’s advanced automatic welding systems, and has a completely air conditioned pipe lay work area.

    “The LB-32 is a significant addition to our marine fleet as a lay barge with unique shallow-water lay capability. This new vessel, outfitted with updated support and construction equipment, fits our strategy of fleet renewal for this traditional area of offshore field development, and will enable our crews to work safely in a climate controlled atmosphere, with the latest technology, equipment and systems,” said Steve Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of J Ray.

    The lay barge LB32 is being completed by Kim Heng Shipbuilding & Engineering Pte Ltd shipyard in Singapore and J Ray is due to take delivery in or around mid-March before mobilizing to the Middle East where it will conclude outfitting before embarking on project work in the Arabian Gulf.

    Thereafter, LB32 will relocate across the world as project work requires.


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