Sapura Diamante launched by IHC Merwede


Sapura Diamante launched by IHC Merwede

KRIMPEN AAN DEN IJSSEL, The Netherlands -- IHC Merwede has successfully named and launched the pipelaying vessel Sapura Diamante in a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.

The naming of the offshore vessel was carried out by Mrs Christina Lucia Duarte Pinho, the executive manager of Petrobras E&P Service. The 550t pipelaying vessel – ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill – is the first in a series of five fully integrated offshore vessels, which will be completely designed, engineered and built by IHC Merwede.

After delivery, the Sapura Diamante will be used to develop deepwater oilfields, up to depths of 2,500 m, in Brazilian waters on behalf of Petrobras. The Sapura Diamante will be equipped with a pipelaying spread that is being designed by IHC Engineering Business. It comprises two below-deck storage carousels, with capacities for 2,500t and 1,500t of product respectively. A vertical (tiltable) lay system – with a 550t top tension capacity – will be permanently installed for the deployment of a range of flexible products, varying from a diameter of 100 to 630mm. The pipelaying spread is being built at IHC Merwede’s facility in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands. In addition, IHC Drives & Automation delivered the integrated automation system, the full electrical installation and the complete electrical machinery package.

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