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Dutch offshore firm launches new pipe lay vessel

02nd October 2012

Van Oord launches its first shallow water pipe lay vessel, Stingray

Dutch offshore firm launches new pipe lay vessel
Stingray is designed to install pipelines from 6 to 60 inches in diameter

A Dutch dredging and marine contractor launched a new pipe lay vessel on Friday in China, as the need for pipeline and other infrastructure projects increases to meet the demand of the world’s top energy consumer.

Van Oord has launched its first shallow water pipe lay vessel, Stingray. The vessel was named at the COSCO shipyard in Nantong, China on Friday, Van Oord said in a press release.

Stingray is designed to install pipelines from 6 to 60 inches in diameter, as well as shore approaches and associated processes in shallow water from five up to 100 meters, Van Oord said.

The vessel has 120m overall and 40m breath overall, in addition to a total installed power of 6 x 1,230 kW and an allowable deck load of 12.5 tonnes per square meter. It is also equipped with a 250 tonne Kobelco 2500CE crawler crane, a mooring system based on 10 x 12 tonnes Flipper Deltas and three fully automatic welding stations.

“Stingray complements Van Oord’s wide range of offshore services consisting of the construction of landfalls, installation of rock, trench dredging and backfilling and the installation of Single Point Mooring (SPM)-systems and Gravity Based Structures (GBS),” the Dutch marine contractor added.

China’s high energy demand has underlined the need for more energy and more advanced technologies which are not necessarily available from domestic suppliers.

The upcoming 5,000 km East Siberia Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline, for instance, will transport oil from Siberia to China, Korea and Japan. ESPO is due for completion in 2016 and, in addition to other infrastructure development projects underway in China, should go some way to mitigating this increasing energy demand.

 

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