January 27, 2010
Drydocks World books order for giant construction vessel
Drydocks World Southeast Asia Pte Limited (DDW-SEA) is to build a 210 m Ultra Large Multipurpose Offshore Construction vessel. The contract for the mega vessel has been placed by Scottish Highlands International Inc, a subsidiary of Coastline Maritime Pte Ltd.
DDW-SEA delivered what is currently the world's largest vessel of this type -- the 180 m OSA Goliath --to Coastline Maritime last year. A sister 180 m ship, the OSA Sampson, will follow from its Pertama, Indonesia, shipyard.
"OSA Goliath and OSA Sampson are in themselves ground breaking vessels with capabilities worthy of their names," says Denis Welch, CEO of DDW-SEA. "The new vessel takes the vision of Coastline Maritime to a new dimension."
The 210 m vessel will have a crane capacity of 4,000 t, double that of OSA Goliath, which is equipped with a massive 2,000 t capacity Liebherr MTC 78000 offshore slewing crane (see photograph on this page). The new vessel will have a beam of 36 m, enabling it to transit the Panama Canal following the planned widening of its lock gates.
Like its not-so-little sisters, OSA Goliath and OSA Sampson, the 210 m vessel will be Caterpillar diesel-electric powered with a total of seven thrusters providing full DP3 capabilities.
Accommodations will be provided for 400 crew on seven decks.
A representative of Coastline Maritime said, "Our past working experiences with DDW-SEA have given us the confidence in the high quality workmanship and safety standards that DDW-SEA offers. We certainly look forward to working closely with the team at the Pertama yard on this project."