Deepwater pipelay vessel Caesar leaves shipyard

Helix Energy Solutions Group’s new deepwater pipelay vessel Caesar has left a Chinese shipyard and is transiting to the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Helix Energy Solutions Group’s new deepwater pipelay vessel Caesar has left a Chinese shipyard and is transiting to the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to join the company’s subsea construction fleet in January.

Caesar is a dynamically positioned (DP-2) pipelay vessel capable of laying large diameter concrete coated pipelines in shallow water, and up to 24-in. (61-cm) diameter pipelines in deep waters. Caesar’s onboard pipeline manufacturing capability allows for pipelay operations without dedicated onshore infrastructure, an alternative to reeled pipelay vessels in remote areas, according to Helix. The vessel also features a 300-metric ton (331-ton) crane and 450-metric ton (496-ton) A-frame.

“The S-lay Caesar will increase the options available to operators who are planning major deepwater subsea construction projects,” says Bart Heijermans, Helix’s COO. “We are very pleased with the performance of the vessel and believe she will be an attractive choice for our customers because of her unique capabilities and competitive cost structure.”

11/30/2009

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