Ceona christened its flagship vessel, the Ceona Amazon, in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Image from Ceona.
The Ceona Amazon is 199.4m long and 32.2m wide, drawing 8m with a gross tonnage of 33,000 and is expected to enter service early 2015.
The vessel was delivered in less than two years of the letter of intent (LOI) for its construction being signed. Lloyd Werft delivered the Ceona Amazon within time and budget, and the vessel has also successfully undergone sea trials ahead of schedule.
The vessel was internally designed at Ceona and purpose built to perform in multiple pipelay and operational modes and features a large storage capacity and heavy subsea construction capability.
Following the christening, the vessel will transfer to Huisman yard in Schiedam, The Netherlands, where it will ultimately be equipped with a 570-tonne multi-lay pipe tower and two heavy duty 400-tonne offshore cranes – all of which have already been built by Huisman and are ready to be installed.
The innovative G-lay pipelay system, developed and patented by Ceona, features an inclinable lay spread with a top tension of 570-tonne and a rigid firing line system. It combines the offshore assembly of rigid pipe joints along a traditional firing line, then plastic bending of the pipe through a route similar to that of a reel-lay vessel, completed by a vertical exit through the moonpool (J-lay).
With capacity to carry 8,500-tonne of pipe, the Ceona Amazon will be able to lay rigid and flexible pipelines and umbilicals, and install heavy subsea structures or floaters (TLP, semi or FPSO) using its two 400-tonne subsea cranes working in tandem.
“As our first-owned purpose-built vessel, it is a powerful asset that can execute complex logistical projects in remote, harsh and deepwater environments in one trip, says Stuart Cameron, Ceona CEO. “The vessel is ideally suited to the deeper waters of West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.”
Cameron went on to say that after the installation of the pipe-laying system and the twin 400-tonne cranes, the Amazon will be the second new vessel – after the Polar Onyx – Ceona will bring to the market on time and in less than a year.