Jumbo signals intent to construct Ulstein HLCV

Netherlands-based Jumbo has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) for the engineering and construction of a new DP2 heavy lift crane vessel (HLCV).

Scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020, the 185-metre HLCV has been designed in partnership with Ulstein Design.

Tipped to be the world’s largest X-bow vessel, the HLCV will be powered by dual-fuel engines and can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Equipped with two Huisman offshore mast cranes with a lifting capacity of 2,200 and 400 tonnes respectively and with water depth ratings of 3,000 metres each, the flex lay-prepared HLCV will also have a moon pool.

Jumbo Managing Director Michael Kahn said the vessel could be used to install wind turbine foundations, install or decommission fixed oil and gas facilities in shallow waters, install moorings systems and floating structures in deeper waters and install subsea structures, foundations and (flex-lay) tie-backs.

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