IHC Merwede to Showcase Integrated Solutions at ONS and Rio Oil & Gas 2012

By MarEx 2012-08-02 09:07:54

IHC Merwede will present examples of its innovative vessels and advanced equipment for the demanding offshore industry at two important upcoming exhibitions. The company will also showcase its unique position in the offshore market of being able to design (from the concept, stage), engineer, build and commission innovative vessels and critical mission equipment – to deliver a turnkey solution to the customer.

From 28 to 31 August IHC Merwede will be exhibiting in hall J, block J996 at ONS in Stavanger, Norway. A model of the versatile IHC Supporter™ class, which is a modular vessel with a ready-to-build design, will be on display. This can be utilized for various purposes, such as diving support, cable laying or offshore support, depending on the customer’s demands. All of the important mission equipment can be delivered by IHC Merwede’s subsidiaries, which makes it a fully integrated vessel.

IHC Hytop will show several small models of winches and power units. In addition to the Offshore Load Tension System (OLTS) a model of the new design of ‘the MaXine’ - a heave compensation system for lifting and hoisting applications - will be displayed. The MaXine can be used above and underwater. A model of its latest subsea frame will be shown by IHC Sea Steel.

From 17 to 20 September, IHC Merwede will also be present at the Rio Oil & Gas exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Pavilion 2, booth C40). Its main feature will be the 550T top tension pipe laying vessel for TL Offshore, a subsidiary of SapuraKencana. Two of these identical pipe laying vessels, which IHC Merwede is building, are destined to work for Petrobras in Brazilian waters. IHC Engineering Business is delivering the full pipe laying spread for the vessels, which underlines the unique proposition of IHC Merwede as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the design, engineering, build and commissioning of integrated offshore solutions. A model of the IHC Hydrohammer® S-150 will also be exhibited.

IHC Offshore & Marine Sales & Marketing Director Twan Voogt says: “Both exhibitions are ideal opportunities to showcase our innovative offshore vessels. The great advantage of our vessels - the IHC Supporter™ class or our fully custom-built ships - is that the structure of the mission equipment has become a fully integrated part of the ship. There is a high interdependence between the design of the vessel, and the design and functionality of the mission equipment.

“IHC Merwede has the knowledge and capacity to design the complete vessel and its mission equipment. This includes everything from the conceptual stage as an integrated unit, incorporating for example, the effects of pipe- or cable laying equipment or the electrical systems on the vessel and vice versa. This integrated approach, and the fact that we have the knowledge and organization required to achieve it, reduces the risks of late delivery and cost overruns. And it results in an excellent performance of the vessel. This is what makes us a reliable partner for efficient offshore solutions.”

Company profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and a reliable supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction.

IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships.

The company’s broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities. IHC Merwede has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, India, Malaysia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Technological innovation will remain the company’s underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.