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    Heerema Marine Contractors to build deep water pipelay/heavy lift vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // July 20, 2010

    HMC's new vessel is due to be delivered in 2013.

    Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has announced the signing of a letter of intent with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME) in Korea for the construction of a deep water construction vessel. The newbuild represents an investment of US$600-700 million.

    HMC has selected a monohull vessel with the capability to execute complex infrastructure and pipeline projects in ultra deep water. The vessel also has sufficient lifting capacity to execute installation of fixed platforms in relatively shallow water. 

    A key attribute of the vessel will be its fast transit speed. HMC believes this will complement its existing fleet providing a unique fleet composition.

    DSME has been awarded the design, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and testing of the vessel. Huisman will be responsible for the cranes, tower and reels. The vessel is scheduled for completion of all tests and trials by mid-2013.

    Jan Pieter Klaver, Chief Executive Officer of HMC, said: “With this new deep water construction vessel HMC will reinforce its unique position in the deep water pipelay market. We are confident that with DSME and Huisman we found reliable partners who can build a key asset that will assist us in expanding further into more ultradeep and complex SURF projects globally.”

    The new 210m long self-propelled vessel will be fitted with a pipelay tower for J-lay (tension capacity of 2,000 metric tonnes) and reeling. A crane with a revolving lift capacity of 4,000 tonnes will be installed together with deepwater lowering equipment to reach a water depth of 3,500 meters, which is compatible with our HMC's deep water construction vessel Balder. The vessel will also be equipped with a class 3 dynamic positioning system.

    The hull configuration is designed for a fast transit speed and optimum motion characteristics in operation whilst the maximum pipe payload is 4,500 tonnes. The deckhouse is designed to the latest standards and can accommodate 289 persons.

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