AUGUST 23, 2016 — Metairie, LA, headquartered A. K. Suda, Ltd. (Suda) has successfully completed the design of a 320 ft (97.5 m) truss-legged liftboat.
Built by shipbuilder Triyards Marine for Swissco Offshore, the vessel has been completed and is being delivered to its owners, following on the heels of a 300 ft (91.5 m) truss leg liftboat delivered earlier this year.
This latest state-of-the-art vessel is a four-legged, self-propelled, self-elevating, general service liftboat, named Jinshan 1, and is based on the Suda 320-L4T.
It is ABS classed with Unrestricted Service, + A-1, + AMS. The hull dimensions are 182 ft x 114 ft 10 in x 14 ft 9 in, (55 m x 35 m x 4.5 m). The quarters arrangement can accommodate 146 persons including crew.
The Suda 320-L4 also has a generous cargo deck area of 950 sq.m.
The self-elevating unit is capable of working in water depths up to 246 ft (75 m) and has a CAP 437 heliport, capable of supporting a Sikorsky S76 or Bell 412 helicopter.
According to the firm's CEO, Mr. Ajay Suda, "Our designs have gained world-wide attention due to the fact that they do more for less. In some cases, they offer by far the lowest cost solution than any other designs in the world. This vessel is no different. It will compare favorably with any vessel of its size in the world. We are confident it will provide the owner a long and profitable service."
Suda holds one of the most extensive portfolios of liftboat designs that have actually been built.