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Keppel Singmarine bags $181m shipbuilding order

Keppel Singmarine bags $181m shipbuilding order

Singapore: Keppel Singmarine has secured a $181m contract to build a multi- purpose heavylift/pipelay vessel for Romanian drilling contractor, Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP). According to Hoe Eng Hock, executive director for Keppel Singmarine, the vessel is scheduled for completion in Q3 of 2011 and will be deployed to the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions.
The heavylift/pipelay vessel will be designed and built to meet international environmental standards and classed by the American Bureau of Shipping. It will be certified with the new environmental safety notation, which provides stringent guidelines on preventing pollution, minimising the discharge of harmful substances and emissions, and the treatment of sewage, among others.

The vessel will be able to accommodate up to 290 persons and will be equipped with three offshore cranes, the largest of which has a lifting capacity of 1,800 tonnes. It will also be fitted with a 10-point mooring anchor system.

Hoe said customers are seeking more sustainable means of mining oil and gas, and 'we are seeing a gradual increase in orders for specialised ships that are environmentally safe'.  [28/07/08]