GOUDA, the Netherlands -- Imtech Marine & Offshore has signed a contract with Allseas Group SA to provide automation and technical infrastructure onboard a newbuild offshore construction vessel named the Pieter Schelte. The vessel will be the largest offshore construction vessel in the world, Allseas says.
ThePieter Schelte will measure 360 m (1,181 ft) in length and 117 m (384 ft) in width and will have the capacity to assemble, disassemble, or relocate jackets of up to 25,000 metric tons (27,558 tons) as well as topsides of up to 48,000 metric tons (52,911 tons). The construction vessel also has a high-tech system for laying pipe to a depth of around 3,500 m (11,483 ft).
Imtech (Imtech Marine & Offshore) will provide a major part of the integrated power and automation package and technical infrastructure, including drives and transformers for the electrical propulsion, power management, power generation, and distribution systems, as well as the vessel management system, including all of the integrated automation solutions. Imtech also will be responsible for commissioning and operation, and will perform the project management for other equipment for propulsion and energy generation to be supplied by third parties.
Design, engineering, implementation, and commissioning will start this year and will take several years to complete. The vessel is expected to be in service by 2011.