Pipelay, construction vessel design takes shipshape turn

Designs for future heavy-lift pipelay vessels and deepwater construction vessels are taking on increasingly shipshape characteristics, as contractors seek to increase their operational flexibility through faster vessels.Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Mumbai, together with SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd, Selangor, Malaysia, in early May ordered a new-generation S2500 heavy-lift pipelay vessel designed by Sea of Solutions, part of Offshore Ship Designers Group, the Netherlands.The $138 million vessel will enter service in 2009. ASL Marine, Singapore, will build it.Sea of Solutions customized its Seabarge 3000 design in creating the S2500. The more shipshape hull with bulbous bow increases transit spe...

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