Ceona Names New Offshore Construction Vessel

London-based deepwater construction specialist Ceona has named its new high-capacity, flexible pipelay and construction vessel at a ceremony at Ulsteinvik, Norway.

The new vessel, the Polar Onyx, is a high-capacity vessel designed for operations in harsh conditions and in deep water with extensive flexible and umbilical lay capabilities. It is designed for dynamic positioning (DP3) and will benefit from increased safety and power efficiencies due to an X-bow hull, Ceona said. The firm added that the vessel has successfully completed sea trials and will be delivered to Ceona on time before it sails to Huisman's yard in Schiedam, The Netherlands, for final outfitting. 

The vessel will be further equipped with a 275 ton vertical lay system (VLS) capable of installing pipeline and umbilicals to water depths of 9,840 feet. Two new high-specification work class remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) for deep-water flexible pipelay and subsea construction in deep and ultradeep waters will also be installed.

Ceona CEO Steve Preston commented in a company statement:

"We're delighted to be in attendance to celebrate the naming of the Polar Onyx on schedule, and to take delivery of the vessel in advance of final outfitting by Huisman. She will then sail for Brazil and begin work for Petrobras. Today is a celebration not only of the vessel's on-time delivery, but also of Ceona's successful partnership with GC Rieber and Ulstein Verft on this project. I want also to personally thank all Ceona's teams who are making this key project a success."



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