APRIL 5, 2016 – Wärtsilä is to provide the design for a new jack-up lift vessel. The contract was signed in March with a Chinese shipyard and includes an option for three more vessels.
The 70.5 m long vessel can accommodate 250 people and will be capable of operating in water depths of up to 75 m. It is scheduled for delivery to the customer in September, 2017.
The Wärtsilä design has been developed in collaboration with Altis, a consultancy company specializing in the lift boat market.
Wärtsilä Ship Design sees its selection for the design of a new, next generation, lift vessel as an acknowledgement of its strong track record.
Lift vessels are self-propelled and provide an offshore elevating platform with maneuvering capabilities to support various operations, including oil well intervention activities, and the maintenance, repairs, upgrades and removal of offshore rigs.Wärtsilä says its design provides better performance compared to conventional designs. In particular its crane capacity, MLC (Maritime Labor Convention) compliance, accommodations, operational water depth, and DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) are all areas where improvements have been made.