Heerema Signs LOI for World’s Mightiest Crane Vessel

Photo: Heerema marine Contractors
Photo: Heerema marine Contractors

Heerema Offshore Services says it has signed a Letter of Intent for the engineering and construction of a new semi-submersible crane vessel (NSCV) with Jurong Shipyard, a fully owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.

Heerema Offshore Services B.V., a subsidiary of Heerema Marine Contractors Holding Nederland SE (HMC), will equip its new vessel with two cranes of 10,000 tonnes lifting capacity each. The dual cranes, designed and under construction by Huisman Equipment B.V., provide heavy lifting capacity to install and remove offshore facilities. The cranes can also be utilized for the installation of subsea structures, foundations, moorings, and floating structures in deep water. The NSCV will be self-propelled with a transit speed of 10 knots, with power generated by means of dual fuel engines capable of running on MGO and LNG. The vessel will be dynamic positioning (DP3) equipped.

With a vessel length of 214 meters and a width of 97.5 meters, Heerema says the NSCV will be the world’s largest crane vessel.

“Our Letter of Intent with Jurong Shipyard represents the next critical step in our plans to introduce the NSCV to the market,” said Jan-Pieter Klaver, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors. “The fact that we decided to press on with our plans in these times of low oil prices, shows our belief in the offshore oil and gas industry and demonstrates our continued commitment to offer unparalleled installation services to the industry. We are confident that with Jurong we have found a reliable partner that can build the world largest crane vessel.”

Heerema Marine Contractors currently already owns four of the world’s largest crane vessels, namely: SSCV Thialf, DCV Balder, SSCV Hermod, and DCV Aegir as well as a range of state-of-the-art anchor handling tugs and modern transportation barges including the H-851, the world’s largest barge.