Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has announced it’s new Deep Water Construction Vessel, currently being built in Korea, will be called Aegir, after the Norse god of the sea, also referred to as a sea giant.
In October, HMC signed of a letter of intent with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., Korea (DSME), for the building of the new vessel worth an estimated US$ 600-700 million.
Aegir is designed as a monohull with the capability to execute complex deep water infrastructure and pipe line projects in ultra deep water, and sufficient lifting capacity in order to execute installation of fixed platforms in relatively shallow water. A key attribute of the vessel will be its fast transit speed,
DSME has been awarded the design, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and testing of the vessel whileHuisman will be responsible for the cranes, tower and reels. The vessel is scheduled for completion of all tests & trials by mid-2013.
Aegir will be 210 meters and fitted with a pipelay tower for J-lay (tension capacity of 2,000 metric tons) and reeling. A crane with a revolving lift capacity of 4,000 metric tons is installed together with deepwater lowering equipment to reach a water depth of 3,500 meters. The vessel will be equipped with a class 3 dynamic positioning system. The monohull configuration is specially designed for fast transit speed and optimum motion characteristics in operation whilst the maximum pipe payload is 4,500 metric tons. The deckhouse is designed to accommodate 289 persons.