McDermott takes delivery of upgraded J-lay vessel Amazon

Sept. 13, 2022
Royal IHC has delivered the newly converted J-lay vessel Amazon following a series of sea trials.

Offshore staff

KINDERDIJK, the Netherlands – Royal IHC has delivered the newly converted J-lay vessel Amazon to owner McDermott International, following a series of sea trials.

The vessel is now ready to start work on a first assignment in its new mode offshore West Africa.

The patented J-lay spread, with a dynamic top tension capacity of 1,500 metric tons, can handle flowlines, export lines and pipe-in-pipe configurations, ranging in diameter from 4.5 to 25 in. and also inline assemblies.

Other modifications included installing automated onboard operation processes to improve safety and production efficiency, leading to reduced personnel requirements for process supervision.

According to the shipyard, this is McDermott’s sole J-lay vessel with a holding capacity on board of 10,000 metric tons, with the capability to produce hex joints from single or double joints in the multi-joint facility.

Royal IHC has secured a new contract from Boskalis for a modular cable lay spread for installation of inter-array power cables and cable protection systems for offshore windfarms.

The shipyard will supply the full equipment spread including elevated cable highway, chutes, working habitats, quadrant handling system, active heave compensated winch, A&R winches and deck winches.

An integrated control system will link these with new and client owner-furnished equipment.