Jumbo commits to multi-purpose offshore construction vessel

Jumbo has signed a letter of intent with China Merchants Industry Holdings.

Offshore staff

SCHIEDAM, the NetherlandsJumbo has signed a letter of intent with China Merchants Industry Holdings.

This concerns the provision of detailed engineering and construction of a new DP-2heavy-lift crane vessel (HLCV) due to be delivered in 1Q 2020.

The company developed the HLCV’s design with Ulstein Design and Solutions.

The 185-m (607-ft) long, 36-m (118-ft) wide vessel will be powered by dual fuel engines, with the capability to run on natural gas (LNG).

It will also be the world’s largest X-BOW 9 (hull-shape) vessel, Jumbo claimed, with the X-BOW shape optimized to provide a more consistent transit speed and better offshore workability in severe weather conditions.

Onboard facilities will include two offshore mast cranes with a respective lifting capacity of 2,200 and 400 metric tons (2,425 and 441 tons) and deployable in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft). Both will be designed and constructed by Huisman Equipment.

Other features are a moonpool and flex-lay capability.

The company plans to offer the HLCV for:

  • Installation/decommissioning of fixed oil and gas facilities in shallow waters
  • Installation of moorings systems and floating structures in deeper waters
  • Installation of subsea structures, foundations and (flex-lay) tiebacks
  • Installation of wind turbine foundations.


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