Six vessel orders for IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede’s Offshore division has won orders worth over €1 billion for the design, engineering and construction of a total of six pipelaying vessels.

They will be built for Subsea 7 and Seabras Sapura, the partnership between SapuraKencana and Seadrill. 

Sebras Sapura has ordered three fully integrated pipelaying vessels. This includes complete pipelaying spreads, which comprise of a twin-tensioner tilting lay tower, two below-deck baskets and support equipment for the loading, spooling and routing of products.

The integrated automation system, full electrical installation and electrical machinery package will also be designed and delivered by IHC Merwede. In addition, a pipelaying simulator will be provided.

The latest order means IHC Merwede is now working on a total of six pipelaying vessels for Seabras Sapura. 

Subsea 7 has ordered three ships of identical design to the recently launched Seven Waves. With an overall length of 146m, a beam of 30m and a Class-2 dynamic positioning system, these vessels will be equipped for transporting and installing flexible flowlines and umbilicals in water depths of up to 3000m.

Subsea 7 will delivering the pipelaying spreads for the three new vessels. The confirmation of this agreement brings the total number of vessels ordered by Subsea 7 from IHC Merwede to eight. 

All six 550-tonne vessels will be built at IHC Merwede’s shipbuilding facilities in The Netherlands.

They will be delivered in the period between the first half of 2015 and the second half of 2016. 

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