KRIMPEN AAN DEN IJSSEL, the Netherlands – Royal IHC has launched Subsea 7’s latest pipelay vessel Seven Rio, with Petrobras’ executive manager for the Libra project in the Santos basin performing the naming ceremony.
Seven Rio is the second of four vessels Subsea 7 has ordered to operate for Petrobras offshore Brazil. The Seven Cruzeiro and Seven Sun are due to be delivered in 2016.
Seven Rio has an overall length of 146 m (479 ft), a beam of 30 m (98.4 ft) and a Class-2 dynamic positioning system. Equipment includes a vertical (tiltable) lay system, with a 550-ton top tension capacity, and twin ROVs.
Additionally the vessel has two under-deck storage carousels, with respective capacity for 2,500 tons and 1,500 tons of product.
Previously IHC built the Seven Oceans, Seven Seas, and Seven Pacific pipelayers for Subsea 7.