ABERDEEN, UK -- The newbuild pipelay and construction vessel Seven Pacific is on schedule for delivery in 4Q 2010. The vessel will be fitted with a 260-metric-ton (287-ton) Vertical Lay System (VLS) tower. First steel for the Seven Pacific was cut on March 16, and the first units are currently being fabricated at IHC Krimpen Shipyard near Rotterdam.
The VLS, to be built by Schiedam, will be complete with a 260-metric ton (287-ton) A&R (abandonment and recovery winch) with 3,000 m (9,843 ft) of A&R wire. The vessel will have an overall length of 133 m (436 ft), a beam of 24 m (79 ft), and in addition to the new VLS, will be equipped with a pipelay suite for installing flexible flowlines and umbilicals, two 1,250-metric ton (1,378-ton) underdeck carousels, and twin 3,000-m (9,843-ft) rated ROVs.
The investment in the vessel is part of an ongoing capital investment program of over $1 billion dollars in new assets and equipment which will see eight new vessels joining the existing Subsea 7 fleet between 2007 and 2010.