Keppel Holds Naming Ceremony for McDermott's Newbuild DLV 2000
Singapore-listed Keppel Corp. Ltd. announced Thursday that Keppel Singmarine, a wholly owned subsidiary of its unit Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Keppel O&M), will soon deliver a high-specification deepwater derrick lay vessel to Hydro Marine Services, a subsidiary of McDermott International (McDermott).
The derrick lay vessel, which is built to Keppel's proprietary design, was named DLV 2000 during a ceremony held earlier today. The first project she will be deployed for is Inpex Corp.-operated Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas project in offshore Western Australia.
Chow Yew Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel O&M, said, "We are pleased to deliver what would be McDermott's flagship derrick lay vessel to add to their growing global fleet of specialized vessels. DLV 2000 has been designed with enhanced features to work in water depths of up to 10,000 feet and in severe weather conditions. Having built over 400 vessels, Keppel Singmarine has a strong track record in designing efficient and specialized units to meet the needs of the market. We are confident that this robust and high-quality vessel will serve McDermott well as their flagship derrick lay vessel wherever she operates."
David Dickson, president and CEO of McDermott, added, "We are glad to add this state-of-the-art derrick lay vessel to our global fleet. The flexibility and features built into the design of DLV 2000 will enable us to provide more value-added services to match the needs of the evolving market. We have built a strong partnership with Keppel O&M over the years, and they have demonstrated that their capabilities in design, engineering, execution and providing top-notch customer service run throughout the Group."
Developed by Keppel's design arm, Marine Technology Development, DLV 2000 is capable of achieving efficient pipelay rates for long trunklines and operating in severe weather conditions while maintaining significant thrust output and power distribution. Although DLV 2000 is designed to carry out pipelaying using the S-lay installation method, the vessel has the flexibility to accommodate a deepwater, 500-tonne flex-lay system that can be installed as needed in response to market needs.
DLV 2000 is one of a number of specialized vessels that Keppel Singmarine has recently delivered, adding to its strong record of designing and building some 400 ships of various specifications and functions.
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