IHC Merwede has announced that the launch of the heavy lift vessel Oleg Strashnov for Seaway Heavy Lifting that took place on 22 August 2009, at the IHC Merwede Offshore & Marine facility in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.
With its 5,000 tonne crane capacity (double the lifting capacity of the Seaway Heavy Lift ship Stanislav Yudin) the vessel is the largest monohull heavy lift vessel in the world and is the largest vessel ever built by IHC Merwede. Oleg Strashnov will be an impressive Dynamic Positioning Class 3 heavy lift vessel designed for the installation and removal of offshore platforms, subsea construction and special projects. Seaways tells us:
The new ship will be a state of the art crane vessel available to our clients worldwide. A unique feature of the vessel will be an innovative hull shape, for which a patent is pending, which will enable her to have a transit speed of 14 knots, combined with exceptional working characteristics for a monohull design. This combination will contribute to a further successful execution of projects. Lift heights of 100 m for the 5,000 mt main hook and 132 m for the 800mt auxiliary hook enables the vessel to undertake an impressive range of projects from dual hook upending of large jackets to heavy deck installations. The installed DP3 system also enables the vessel to be employed for the installation of large and heavy subsea structures, TLP/Spar foundations and topsides.
The introduction of the vessel will more than double Seaway Heavy Lifting’s capacity.