Royal IHC has passed the first significant milestone in the design and build of an integrated reel lay vessel for Subsea 7.
The technologically advanced ship is intended for the installation of complex rigid flowlines, including pipe-in-pipe and electrical trace heating systems.
Royal IHC’s team in the UK has reached the stage in which the operational concept design of the reel lay system is being translated into the production phase.
This pipe lay system focuses on crew safety, operational efficiency and flexibility.
IHC has also awarded several contracts.
Croonwolter&dros and Bakker Sliedrecht will deliver and fit the integrated electrical and nautical installation. The main diesel-generator sets will be supplied by Hyundai.
IHC has commissioned Huisman for the manufacture and installation of the 250-tonne main AHC offshore crane.
The cutting of the first steel plate is scheduled for March and the keel laying is planned for mid-2018.
The delivery of the vessel is scheduled for the first half of 2020.
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