Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine (SCM) has entered into an Engineering and Construction contract worth approximately USD 1 billion with Netherlands-based Heerema Offshore Services B.V. (HOS) to build a new DP3 dual-fuelled semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV). This follows an earlier exclusive letter-of-intent signed between SCM’s wholly owned subsidiary Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd and HOS in March this year for the NSCV.
The NSCV will be self-propelled with a transit speed of 10 knots, with power generated by means of dual fuel engines – MGO & LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). Station-keeping is by means of dynamic positioning (DP3) or mooring system. With the vessel length of 220 metres, width of 102 metres and displacement of 273,700 MT, the NSCV will be the largest dual-fuel semi-submersible crane vessel in the world.
Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, the NSCV is designed for the installation and decommissioning of major offshore facilities world-wide. It will be equipped with two Huisman heavy-lifting offshore cranes of 10,000 MT lifting capacity each and a large reinforced work deck area.
The NSCV will be built at the Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard, a state-of-the-art yard facility designed to maximise operational synergy and production efficiency. Phase 1 of Tuas Boulevard yard spans 73.3 hectares and is equipped with four VLCC drydocks with a total dock capacity of 1.55 million deadweight tonnes. Phase II spans 34.5 hectares and will include a steel fabrication facility and another three dry docks, including an offshore dock measuring 255 metres by 110 metres where the NSCV will be built.
Mr Jan Pieter Klaver, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors, said: “We strongly believe in the successful cooperation between Sembcorp Marine and Heerema to build the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel. The new vessel’s two Tub Mounted Cranes and dual fuel engines will enable Heerema Marine Contractors to offer unparalleled installation and decommissioning services. This will meet our long-term strategy of delivering the best possible services to the global offshore oil and gas industry.”
(Source: Semcorp Marine)