Ulstein launches new heavy lift designs

Written by Nick Blenkey
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HX 104

MAY 5, 2015 — Ulstein is using this week’s OTC event in Houston to launch two new heavy lift designs that, it says “pave the way for the next generation, cost efficient offshore assets to meet today’s and tomorrow’s market demand.”

The HX103 and HX104 designs, are DP3 vessels with heavy-lift capability and large outreach combined with a large open deck space and accommodations for 350 and 500 people.

The fully SPS compliant designs also mark the entry of the successful Ulstein X-Bow in this segment of the construction vessel market.

Ulstein says that in the last decade the offshore industry has become a truly global industry with an ever stronger focus on safety, operability and crew comfort. Combined with the recent downturn in oil prices and related cost reductions, the traditional low CAPEX heavy lift units are not the most efficient assets for worldwide operations.

In the new Ulstein HX heavy lift vessel designs, Ulstein has paid significant attention to combine good DP capabilities with relatively small installed power and smart DP lay-out, reducing the vessel’s overall environmental footprint and resulting in an attractive and modern vessel alternative for the maintenance markets in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and West Africa.

Optimized for DP2 capability, the HX103 design includes a main crane of 1,000 tonnes @   outreach revolving and 320 tonnes @ 68 m, as well as a deck crane of 50 tonnes @ 24 m outreach.

Its “big brother”, the Ulstein HX104 design, has a heavy-lift capability of 2,000 tonnes @ 30 m radius and 685 tonnes @ 74 m outreach.

Ulstein HX103 design
Main dimensions:
Loa 146.0 m
Lpp 140.2 m
Beam (molded) 32.0 m
Depth 11.2 m
Draft (design) 7.0 m
Service speed 12 kn
Installed power 6 x 2,800 kW
Positioning DP3
Complement 350 persons

HX 103

HX103 original

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