UDS Inks $200M Deal ith China's ZPMC to Build Ultra Deep Multipurpose DSCV

Ultra Deep Solutions (UDS) announced that it has entered a contract to build one Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel, with an option for second vessel with an established China-based shipbuilding company, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC). This is in line with their growth strategy to design, construct and operate technologically-advanced specialized construction vessels. The vessel, which is based on the proprietary design “Red Class 6027” MT design DSCV, is a dynamic positioning 3 (DP3), 465 foot (142-meter) state-of-the-art multipurpose subsea diving support construction vessel, and the planned delivery of the first vessel is early 2017. ZPMC’s was chosen for its well established company profile and its proven track record that will ensure the quality and timely delivery.

The contract, with an investment value of approximately $200M each vessel, marks UDS’s strategy to provide vessels with high tech solutions to the offshore industry worldwide. Leveraging on its years of experience in the subsea industry, UDS has combined the high tech, practicality and high safety standards, to design and build this DP3 18-man twin bell diving support construction vessel. It is designed to operate up to 13,123 feet (4,000 meters) water depth, in collaboration with Marin Teknikk Norway, the world’s renowned global ship designer of such highly-spec vessels.

This new Ultra-Deep DSCV is equipped with Unique Hydra’s 18-man twin bell Saturation Dive System. Some of the features of the vessel are a 400 VLT in the reinforced moon pool area. The vessel also has 2x250HP Work Class ROV’s 9,842-foot (3,000-meter) working depth installed in ROV hangers inside the vessel. In addition, it will have a 400 ton crane which has depth capability to 17,060 feet (5,200 meters) single fall and 10,498 foot (3,200 meters) dual fall. The vessel’s 16,145 square foot (1,500 square meter) open deck space and deck strength 10 ton square meter can facilitate a wide range of project required machinery and equipment. UDS’s vessel is prepared for world‐wide operations in the deep and ultra-deep oil and gas sector projects.

Main Specifications of the new vessel:

  • Length overall: 468.8 feet (142.90 meters)
  • Breadth moulded: 88.5 feet (27.00 meters)
  • Depth Main deck: 36 feet (11.00 meters)
  • Dead Weight: 8,000 ton
  • Main Deck: 16,145 square feet (1,500 square meters @ 10.0 ton/square meters)
  • Capt. Deck: 6,996 square feet (650 square meters @ 2.0 ton/square meters)
  • Main Crane: Huisman 400t Dual fall 34,444 feet (3,200 meters); Single fall 55,972 feet (5,200 meters)
  • Trial speed: 14 knots
  • Accommodation: 140 person

Classification Notations:

DNVGL + 1A1, EO, SPS, DSV-SAT, Diving System-Sat, NAUT-OSV(A), CLEAN DESIG, DYNPOS AUTRO, COMF-C(3) V(3), ICE 1C, CRANE, HELDK-SH, DK(+), BIS, Winterized Basic.

“With only 30 similarly-size but older vessels worldwide, and the requirement in the industry for safe yet fast-response vessels, UDS is poised to deliver such high standards of quality to the deep and ultradeep water projects. The “Red Class 6027” combines the practicality, safety, reliability, efficiency and impressive subsea technology. We are confident that it will exceed the expectations of oil majors and offshore operators.” says Shel Hutton, CEO of UDS.


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