ABS to class pipelay vessel for J RayVessel & ROV News // June 25, 2010
J Ray McDermott has selected ABS to class a new addition to its fleet. The 111m pipe-laying vessel, LB32, is a unique shallow water unit designed to install pipes using the S-lay method.
With this method, onboard welded pipe joints leave the vessel horizontally guided by a stinger, a structure on the back of the vessel supporting the pipe string going into the sea to control its bending.
S-lay pipes up to 60in in diameter can be handled by the LB32 working in offshore field developments in water depths from 2.5m to 300m.
ABS has classed the unit as A1, Barge.