World's Largest Semi-Sub Crane Vessel Ordered

Sipke Schuurmans, Project Director of Heerema Offshore Services B.V., and William Gu, Sembcorp Marine Head of Rigs & Floaters

Published Jul 15, 2015 6:52 PM by The Maritime Executive

Sembcorp Marine has entered into a contract worth approximately $1 billion with Heerema Offshore Services to build a new DP3 semi-submersible crane vessel. 

With the vessel length of 220 meters (720 feet), width of 102 meters (335 feet) and displacement of 273,700mt, the vessel will be the largest dual-fuel semi-submersible crane vessel in the world.

Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, the vessel is designed for the installation and decommissioning of major offshore facilities world-wide. It will be equipped with two Huisman heavy-lifting offshore cranes of 10,000 MT lifting capacity each and a large reinforced work deck area. 

The vessel will be built at the Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard. Phase 1 of Tuas Boulevard yard spans 73.3 hectares and is equipped with four VLCC drydocks with a total dock capacity of 1.55 million deadweight tons. Phase II spans 34.5 hectares and will include a steel fabrication facility and another three dry docks, including an offshore dock measuring 255 meters (836 feet) by 110 meters (360 feet) where the vessel will be built.

Jan Pieter Klaver, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors, said: “We strongly believe in the successful cooperation between Sembcorp Marine and Heerema to build the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel. The new vessel's two tub mounted cranes and dual fuel engines will enable Heerema Marine Contractors to offer unparalleled installation and decommissioning services. This will meet our long-term strategy of delivering the best possible services to the global offshore oil and gas industry."

William Gu Wei Guang, Head of Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters, said: “We are thankful and pleased that HOS has placed their trust and confidence in Sembcorp Marine to deliver the world’s largest heavy lift vessel. With our new facilities at Tuas that boost deeper quayside draft and wider dock space, we are confident that we will be able to meet our customer’s expectations. This is also in alignment with our strategic vision to penetrate into the deep water draft market segment and also serves as a great testimony to our continuous commitment in providing one-stop, tailor-made solutions to our customers.”

The contract is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Sembcorp Marine for the year ending December 31, 2015.