March 31, 2009
Most powerful offshore vessel yet
Just delivered to Farstad Shipping's Farstad Construction of Ålesund, Norway, and built by the Langsten, Norway, yard of STX Europe, FAR SAMSON is the most powerful offshore vessel thus far constructed,
It is a Rolls-Royce UT 761 CD design, with a length of 121 m and beam of 26 m.
Its main propulsion machinery and additional electric boost power produce a propulsion effect of more than 26,000 kW on the main propellers, giving a record-breaking maximum bollard pull of 423 tons, or 377 tons using main propulsion machinery power alone.
The vessel multifunctional vessel has been specially designed for trenching pipelines offshore and can cut trenches in the seabed in water up to 1,000 m deep. In addition to carrying out heavy plowing operations for pipes and cables on the seabed, it can also handle installation work in ultra deep water, towing, remote underwater (ROV) and other challenging subsea operations. and can cut trenches in the seabed in water up to 1,000 m deep.
With a moonpool, 250 tons crane and 315 tons A-frame, both active heave compensated, a DP3 dynamic positioning system and a work class Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) the vessel is fully equipped for subsea construction able to perform lift and installation work operations on the sea bed, down to 3,500 m water depth.
The hybrid power and propulsion systems enable diesel mechanic or diesel electric operation, thus giving both the extreme power for pulling purposes and an energy optimized, flexible and environmentally friendly power production when operating in diesel electric DP mode.
Speed is around 20 knots at a draft of 6.5 m.
FAR SAMSON is a clean design vessel, with no oil tanks directly at the outer shell and with catalytic exhaust cleaning giving a 95 percent NOx reduction.
The environment for the 100 persons crew and onboard personnel is also taken good care of, with noise levels, vibration and indoor climate in compliance with Comfort class requirements.
The hull is strengthened to Ice Class 1B
After final offshore testing, FAR SAMSON will commence a 5 years contract for Saipem U.K Limited.