DeepOcean commits to North Sea SURF newbuild contract

DeepOcean has agreed a five-and-a-half year charter starting in March 2016 for a new installation vessel.

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HAUGESUND, Norway -- DeepOcean has agreed a five-and-a-half year charter starting in March 2016 for a new installation vessel.

The contractor aims to expand its capability in the subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) market in the Greater North Sea area.

“We have in-depth knowledge of the subsea infrastructure in this region as the leading subsea IMR contractor. We are witnessing a trend of larger and more complex subsea production assets as well as an increase in thenumber of subsea tiebacks together with replacement and rejuvenation projects on an aging subsea infrastructure, all requiring larger vessels,” said company president Mads Bardsen.

Østensjø Rederi will own the new vessel, a SALT 304 design. It will be 149.8 m (491 ft) long, 27 m (88.6 ft) wide, and with 2,300 sq m (24,757 sq ft) of deck space. It is designed specifically to work in the Greater North Sea area – equipment features include Siemens BlueDrive PlusC propulsion control, a DP-3 positioning system, a 150-ton dual tensioner vertical lay system, and a 3,000-ton carousel below deck.

The 400-ton active heave compensated knuckle boom main crane will provide extended reach, and will be able to lift 600 tons in double fall mode. The vessel will have accommodation facilities for up to 140 persons.

10/28/2013

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