Dockwise selects HHI to build mammoth transporter

Offshore staff

BREDA, the Netherlands -- Dockwise has contracted Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build its new transportation vessel, designed for ultra-large offshore consignments. The vessel is scheduled for delivery during 4Q 2012, following sea trials.

Dockwise has categorized the vessel “Type 0” (T-0) to reflect its size. Previously Type 1 was the largest class, providing cargo capabilities of 41,000-73,000 tons. Dockwise currently has two Type 1 units in service.
The new vessel, with an overall deck size of 275 x 70 m (902 x 229 ft), and a novel bow-less design, will offer a carrying capacity of over 110,000 tons. Dockwise says it will be the first of its kind in the maritime transport industry.

The T-0 specification is subject to further detailed design engineering, following consultations with clients and HHI’s offshore division.Total cost of the vessel, including all project and design costs, is estimated at $240 million.

C.J. Kang, executive VP and COO of Hyundai Heavy Industries, said: "As EPIC contractor for offshore projects, we agree strongly with Dockwise that there is a rapidly emerging need for a vessel of this capacity, given the scale growth of offshore projects. The benefits for our ultimate clients of dry transports of integrated structures and of large FPSOs are clearly apparent to yards and offshore services firms focused on the future evolution of our markets.”


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