IHC Merwede Launches Pipelaying Vessel
IHC Merwede named and launched the pipelaying vessel Sapura Diamante in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming of the offshore vessel was carried out by Christina Lucia Duarte Pinho, the Executive Manager of Petrobras E&P Service.
The 550 ton pipelaying vessel – ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill (SDRL) – is the first in a series of five fully integrated offshore vessels, which will be completely designed, engineered and built by IHC Merwede. After delivery, the Sapura Diamante will be used to develop deep-sea oilfields of up to 2,500m in Brazilian waters on behalf of Petrobras.
The Sapura Diamante will be equipped with a pipelaying spread that is being designed by IHC Engineering Business. It comprises of two below-deck storage carousels, with capacities for 2,500t and 1,500t of product respectively. A vertical (tiltable) lay system with a 550t top tension capacity will be permanently installed for the deployment of a range of flexible products, varying from a diameter of 100-630mm. The pipelaying spread is being built at IHC Merwede’s facility in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands. In addition, IHC Drives & Automation delivered the integrated automation system, the full electrical installation and the complete electrical machinery package.
Sapura Diamante Main Particulars
Type 550t pipelaying vessel
Customer Sapura Navegação Marítima
Builder IHC Offshore & Marine BV
Length, o.a. 145.9m
Breadth molded 29.9m
Depth main deck 13m
Draft (operational) 7.2m
Draft (max) 8.3m
Deadweight (operational) 7,025t
Deadweight (max) 10,070t
Accommodation 120 people
(As published in the October 2013 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - www.seadiscovery.com)