Royal IHC launches two new pipelay vessels

Offshore staff

SLIEDRECHT, the Netherlands – Royal IHC has named and launched the pipelay vessel Sapura Jade at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands.

Earlier on the same day, the naming ceremony of its sister vessel Sapura Ônix also took place at the same location.

The Sapura Jade was ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill. She is the fourth in a series of five pipelaying vessels to be designed, engineered, and built by IHC. After delivery, the Sapura Jade, like her sister vessels the Sapura Diamante, Sapura Topazio, and Sapura Ônix, will travel to Brazil on behalf of Petrobras.

The 550-ton vessel – like the Sapura Ônix – will have a pipelaying spread designed and built by IHC, and two below-deck storage carousels, with capacities for 2,500 tons and 1,500 tons product, respectively. A vertical (tiltable) lay system with a 550 ton top tension capacity will be permanently installed for the deployment of a range of flexible products, and the tower orientation allows for maximum deck space. A custom-designed IHC control system integrates each aspect.


Sapura Jade
(Photo courtesy Royal IHC)

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