NPCC to Build Derrick Lay Vessel

National Petroleum Construction (NPCC) has contracted Chinese shipyard Zhenhua Heavy Industries for the construction of their DLS 4200. The derrick lay vessel developed by Dutch design office Ulstein Sea of Solutions combines double joint S-lay capabilities with a 4200 sT lifting capacitiy.

DLS 4200 is designed to operate worldwide and is equipped with a 10-point mooring system to operate in the Arabian Gulf and India. To meet future market requirements, the design has already been prepared for DP2 upgrade to minimize the technical impact and shorten the upgrade process.

"After closely working together with NPCC in the design of the vessel, it is very rewarding to see the design now being put into reality by awarding the construction contract to ZPMC. We are confident that the vessel will prove to be a very competitive and valuable asset to NPCC to meet their strategic goals," said Bob Rietveldt, managing director at Ulstein Sea of Solutions.