Tideway receives third fall-pipe vessel

Sembawang Shipyard has launched Flintstone, a new Eu 115-million ($151-million) fall-pipe vessel commissioned by Dutch offshore contractor Tideway.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Sembawang Shipyard has launched Flintstone, a new Eu 115-million ($151-million) fall-pipe vessel commissioned by Dutch offshore contractor Tideway.

The vessel can carry loads of up to 19,000 metric tons (20,944 tons) and place rock accurately in water depths of up to 2,000 m (6,561 ft), and is targeted particularly at developments off Brazil and West Africa.

This is the third and largest fall-pipe vessel in Tideway’s fleet, the others being the Rollingstone and the Seahorse.

These vessels are designed to place rock material on pipelines or the seabed via a fall-pipe, at the lower end of which is attached an ROV. The latter, operated from the ship’s deck, controls rock placement in three dimensions.

Flintstone is equipped with a DP2 dynamic positioning system; an active heave-compensated ROV; and what parent company DEME describes as “state-of-the-art” survey equipment.

The vessel is also fully certified to work in arctic conditions through its Ice Class notation, and will have a transit speed of 15 knots.

4/29/2010

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