BELGIUM — DEME has taken the decision to invest in a new DP fallpipe vessel by purchasing and converting a bulk carrier, the company announced earlier this week.
An agreement with Pax Ocean Shipyards of Singapore was signed, and the vessel will enter the yard in late October to undergo extensive conversion works.
The new fallpipe vessel will be fully compliant with the latest emission standards and feature the latest environmental technology, the company said, which includes a battery pack for "best-in-class fuel efficiency and more sustainable operations."
The vessel will be equipped with a central fallpipe system plus a large, inclined fallpipe to allow pre- and post-lay activities using rocks with larger diameters close to subsea structures. The new vessel is set to join the DEME fleet in first-half 2024.
DEME already operates the Flintstone, Rollingstone and Seahorse fallpipe vessels, which serve clients in all segments of the rock installation market.