JANUARY 8, 2015 — Zwijndrecht, Belgium, headquartered dredging and hydraulic engineering specialist DEME reports the start of construction of its latest newbuild, the dual fueled multipurpose vessel Living Stone.
The vessel is being built by Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales del Norte – LaNaval.The keel was laid December 30, 2015 at the LaNaval shipyard near Bilbao and the vessel is set for delivery in 2017 when it will become DEME’s fifth dual fuel vessel, joining the self-propelled jack-up vessel Apollo and three hopper dredges that are on order.
The new vessel will be able to accommodate up to 100 people and will serve transport and installation projects as well as offshore power cable and umbilical installation, and interconnectors for the future European super grid.
The vessel features DP3 (Dynamic Positioning 3) capability together with a total loading capacity of 12.500 tons. It will be equipped with two large 5,000 tons cable/umbilical carrousels arranged below deck allowing for a free deck space of about 3,500 sq.m which accommodates modular cable/umbilical handling systems, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), a CBT 1100 subsea trenching tool and the fall-pipe system.
It will have a 7.7 m x 7.7 m central moon pool and will be equipped with a 600 ton crane for subsea installation and removal.
DEME says that Living Stone has been designed as an environmentally friendly vessel and that LNG will be its primary fuel. To achieve the lowest possible fuel consumption while also keeping CO2 and NOx & SOx exhaust emissions to the minimum, the use of LNG as fuel will be combined with heat recovery.
The Living Stone will also have a Green Passport and the Clean Design Notation.
It will join the fleet of fall-pipe vessels in DEME’s offshore division, Tideway.