The Lloydwerft shipyard completed the vessel less than two years after being awarded a letter of intent for the job. It completed outfitting at Bremerhaven followed floatation of the hull this April at the Crist yard in Poland, including installation of all main machinery, equipment and the helideck being installed.
Ceona Amazon is designed to perform in various pipelay and operational modes, and features a large storage capacity.
The vessel will next head southwest to the Huisman yard in Schiedam, the Netherlands, to be fitted with a multi-lay pipe tower and two heavy-duty 400-metric ton (441-ton) offshore cranes, all built by Huisman.
The g-lay pipelay system, developed and patented by Ceona, features an inclinable lay spread with a top tension of 570 metric tons (628 tons) firing line system. It provides offshore assembly of rigid pipe joints along a traditional firing line, followed by plastic bending of the pipe through a route similar to that of a reel-lay vessel, completed by a vertical exit through the moonpool ( for j-lay installations).
Ceona Amazon, which has capacity to carry 8,500 metric tons (9,369 tons), will be able to lay rigid and flexible pipelines and umbilicals and install heavy subsea structures with its two subsea cranes working in tandem.
The vessel is 199.4 m (654 ft) long, 32.2 m (105.6 ft) wide, with a draft of 8 m (26.2 ft) and gross tonnage of 33,000 tons. It is due to enter service in early 2015.