GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands –Subsea 7's new Seven Oceans pipe lay vessel is loading two 7 km (4.4 mi) long, 7 in (18 cm) diameter pipelines destined for Chevron's Blind Faith project in the Gulf of Mexico. Installation is expected in late September to early October.
The vessel was designed and built for deep sea pipe laying and construction work. The 157m (515 ft) long vessel is fitted with a main reel capable of carrying 3,500 tons (3,175 metric tons) of rigid steel pipe and a 400-ton (363-metric ton) tensioner allowing deployment in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft). A lay ramp system is permanently installed for deployment of rigid products 6 to 16 in (15.25 to 40.6 cm) in diameter. The vessel can accommodate a crew of 120.