COSCO begins construction on new heavy-lift vessel

Offshore staff

GUANGZHOU, China – COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd. has cut steel on a new semisubmersible heavy-lift vessel. The ship, named Guang Hua Kou, is being constructed by Guangzhou Shipyard International in China with delivery expected in 4Q 2016.

The 90,000 DWT, purpose-built heavy-lift vessel will have an open deck measuring 211.2 m x 68 m (693 ft x 223 ft), large enough to carry the largest offshore structures, semisubmersible rigs, and jackups. Key features include stern- or side-loading capabilities, DP-2, a diesel-electric propulsion system for a service speed of 13.5 knots, and four high-capacity air compressors to ballast the deck to a depth of 16 m (52 ft).

The Guang Hua Kou is expected to be able to transport 75,000 metric tons (82,673 tons) of weight, although that number varies based on the center of gravity for specific cargoes.

COSCO Heavy Transport is a joint venture between COSCOL and NMA Maritime.


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