IHC completes third Subsea 7 pipelay vessel

Offshore staff

KRIMPEN AAN DEN IJSSEL, the NetherlandsRoyal IHC has launched the pipelay vessel Seven Cruzeiro at its shipyard near Rotterdam.

This was the third in a series ordered by Subsea 7.

The dynamically positioned vessel, built to a joint IHC/Subsea 7 design, can operate in water depths of up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft).

It is equipped with two under-deck storage carousels with a capacity for 2,500 tons and 1,500 tons of products.

A vertical (tiltable) lay system with a 550-ton top tension capacity is permanently installed for deployment of a range of flexible products with a diameter of 50-650 mm (1.97-25.5 in.).

The lay tower can operate at up to 10° from the vertical and is fitted with two wire centralizers and two tensioners, each with a 275-ton capacity, that can be retracted clear of the firing line. Huisman supplied the pipelaying systems.


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