Fifth Sapura-series pipelay vessel nears completion

Offshore staff

KRIMPEN AAN DEN IJSSEL, the Netherlands – Royal IHC has launched the pipelay vessel Sapura Rubi at its shipyard near Rotterdam.

This is the fifth vessel with a 550-ton top tension capacity that IHC is supplying to Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill.

Like sister vessels, Sapura Diamante, Sapura Topázio, Sapura Ônix and Sapura Jade, Sapura Rubi will be used to develop oil fields in waters up to 2,500 m (8,202 ft) deep for Petrobras.

The new vessel will be equipped with a pipelay spread designed and built by IHC, and two below deck storage carousels, respectively with capacities for 2,500 tons and 1,500 tons of product.

A vertical (tiltable) flex-lay system will be permanently installed – the tower orientation is said to allow for maximum deck space.

An IHC-designed control system integrates each aspect of the pipelay spread to ensure required levels of performance, safety and reliability, the company added.



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