The Netherlands-based OOS International Group B.V. confirmed Wednesday that it has signed an engineering and construction contract for two newbuild semisubmersible crane vessels (SSCV) with China Merchant Industry Holdings, a fully owned subsidiary of the China Merchant Group.
The two new SSCVs, named OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren, will each be equipped with two heavy lift cranes with a total dual lifting capacity of 4,400 tons. The Huisman Equipment-made heavy lifting and service cranes can be utilized for the commissioning or decommissioning of subsea structures, foundations, moorings, floating and heavy lift platforms for offshore wind structures in deepwater. A total of 600 tons can be heave compensated installed or removed at 9,842 feet (3,000 meters) water depth.
The dynamically positioning (DP) class 3 system SSCVs, which offer a turnkey solution for the oil & gas/wind market, are equipped for both hotel and heavy lift capability. The vessels have a transit speed up to 12 knots.
"OOS took a quantum leap within the oil & gas/wind industry. OOS Serooskerke & OOS Walcheren are ordered," Leon Overdulve, founder and owner of Holding OOS International Group B.V., said in the press release.
The latest orders follow the successful deployment of the firm's first SSCV unit -- OOS Gretha -- which is now working for Petrobras offshore Brazil.
Meanwhile, each of the vessels will provide accommodation for 750 people.
"This contract with CMIH Shipyard will provide the end-client with a bespoke solution for the oil & gas/wind market, resulting in significant cost reductions. Today’s oil & gas economics does not hold us back. The fact that we decided to continue with our plans by introducing niche products to the oil & gas/wind industry in the current market situation, shows our strong long-term commitment, as well our trust in this great novel concept," Overdulve added.
The engineering and construction phase for the vessels is estimated to be completed in the second and third quarters of 2019 for OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren, respecitvely.
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