Baku Shipyard launches subsea construction vessel newbuild

Photo: Muradov
Photo: Muradov

A state-of-the-art subsea construction vessel has been launched in Baku to support the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project.

Khankendi was designed and built by Baku Shipyard, a joint venture between SOCAR, the Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC) and Keppel O&M, to install the biggest subsea production system in the Caspian Sea.

The US$378 million vessel is 155 metres in length and 32 metres wide with 2,000 square metres of deck space. It has a total weight of 17,600 tonnes, a carrying capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes at 6.5 metres draught and two engine rooms with six 4.4MW and two 3.2MW generators.

Photo: Jones

It is equipped with dynamic positioning to allow working in 3.5 metre significant wave height, a 900-tonne main crane capable of placing 750-tonne subsea structures down to 600 metres below sea level, an 18-man two-bell diving system, two work-class ROVs and a strengthened moon pool. Khankendi can carry out complex activities without the need for anchors.

The vessel has a maximum capacity of 175 people on board, including the marine crew and discipline specialists.

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