Billion-euro pipelaying vessel order for IHC Merwede

Dutch firm IHC Merwede's Offshore division has been successful in securing orders worth over 1 billion euros for the design, engineering and construction of a total of six pipe-laying vessels.

Six ships

The agreements for these six ships have been signed with Subsea 7 and Seabras Sapura, the partnership between Sapura Kencana and Seadrill. The orders secured with Subsea 7, IHC Merwede's long-standing customer, are for three ships of identical design to the recently launched SEVEN WAVES. With an overall length of 146 metres, a beam of 30 metres and a Class-2 dynamic positioning system, these vessels will be equipped for transporting and installing flexible flowlines and umbilicals in water depths of up to 3,000 metres. All six 550-tonne vessels will be built at IHC Merwede's extensive, state-of-the-art shipbuilding facilities in the Netherlands. They will be delivered in the period between the first half of 2015 and the second half of 2016.