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Hyundai Mipo has reportedly won a $198 million newbuild order from an undisclosed European client for 4 platform supply vessels. The report from the Thai News Agency is via a regulatory filing which also indicates the ships will be delivered in May 2014. This contract comes just two weeks after receiving a $250 million order from the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) for 4 chemical tankers.
With this new contract, Hyundai Mipo has won nearly $600 million in new contracts so far this year.
While Hyundai Mipo was signing the order with the KOTC, Antwerp-based Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors NV was placing an order with China’s STX Offshore and Shipbuilding for a new self-propelled DP2 crane ship,
Due for delivery in spring 2014, this vessel is designed for the installation of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, wind farms, and deepwater decommissioning activities. With it’s two Huisman cranes, each with a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons, the ship can also be used for any type of heavy lifting work in challenging situations, such as the construction of bridge components and clearing shipwrecks.
The ship also has extra carrying capacity of 3,000 tons and the cranes can be moved by 25 m on the ship. This allows the deck to be used to transport and then relocate cargo at a later stage.
The ship and the cranes are an integrated design which allows the maximum load to be hoisted in significant wave heights of up to 1.5 m. In these circumstances, the freeboard is not less than 3 m anywhere on the vessel. In standby or transport modes, significant wave height can be as much as 7.0 m. It is also worth noting that the maximum load can be lifted in water depths of just 5.0 m.
The four azimuth thrusters and the DP2 system allow installation work to be conducted in deeper water without the use of anchors. This guarantees flexibility and efficiency and also means that work can be carried out in zones where many pipelines and cables already lie on the bed, for example. The crane ship is also equipped with 4 main working anchors and winches and 4 secondary devices.
The powerful and rapid ballast system can follow the hoisting operation exactly, allowing jobs to be completed quickly and continuously. The ship will be equipped with a so-called ‘moonpool’ for the purposes of operating a separate ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) for inspecting and supervising installation work on the seabed. Finally, the presence of heavy fenders allows containers to be loaded/unloaded at sea.
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