Operators in Malaysia and the Netherlands are steadily expanding their respective crewboat fleets while yards in China and Singapore have completed building massive but versatile vessels that will serve the subsea drilling, installation, and extraction/processing segments.
Malaysia’s Centus Marine receives tenth crewboat from Singapore builder
Singapore-based builder Strategic Marine recently handed over a new fast crewboat to Malaysian offshore operator Centus Marine.
The aptly named Centus Ten is the tenth vessel overall to be delivered by Strategic Marine to Centus.
The RINA-classed newbuild can accommodate up to 100 passengers/technicians in a main deck lounge with business class seating. The crew spaces meanwhile include seven cabins with a total of 12 berths.
Three Cummins KTA50 engines enable Centus Ten to sail at a service speed of just over 30 knots.
Coastwise Offshore orders third crewboat in series
Dutch operator Coastwise Offshore Services has awarded local builder Next Generation Shipyards a contract for a new windfarm crewboat.
The vessel will be the third in a series to be built for the same owner. It will have a length of 27 metres, space for 30 passengers and 22 tonnes of cargo, a deck crane, and a cruising speed of 27 knots.
The yet unnamed crewboat is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2022.
New Chinese-built jackup to be used for exploration to support offshore wind projects
China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), through one of its subsidiaries, has delivered a new self-propelled, jackup drilling and exploration platform that will support the development of offshore wind projects in China.
Zhongguo Sanxia 101 (“China Three Gorges 101”) measures 48 by 30 metres and can accommodate 40 personnel. It can sail at five knots and can perform drilling operations at depths of up to 58 metres and even under Beaufort force eight wind conditions.
The platform is designed to be capable of conducting soil layer analysis even while drilling.
Chinese yard delivers world’s largest offshore piling ship
China Communications First Navigation Bureau recently took delivery of a new offshore piling vessel from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry.
Yihangjin Zhuang (“Yihangjin Pile”) is classed by China Classification Society (CCS), which said the vessel is the largest of its kind in the world with a length of 124 metres, a beam of 39 metres.
The newbuild will be used for the construction of offshore wind power high-pile cap piles, jacket piles and large beam pile foundations. A DP and an auxiliary positioning system will enable the vessel to perform piling installation work even in rough sea conditions.
Construction completed on new FPU for Shell Offshore
Sembcorp Marine has successfully completed the Vito Regional Production Facility (Vito RPF), a floating production unit (FPU), for Shell Offshore.
The FPU has since been delivered to Shell and will soon be deployed to the Gulf of Mexico in the Mississippi Canyon Block 984, 241 kilometres south of New Orleans.
Sembcorp is also currently undertaking the construction of a second FPU project for Shell, involving the fabrication and integration of the FPU topsides, living quarters and hull, for the Whale development also located in the Gulf of Mexico.
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