Shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with cargo firm Jumbo to construct an LNG-powered heavy-lift vessel.
The deal marks one of the largest heavy-lift vessels yet ordered that will run on the fuel and was hailed as a ‘milestone’ in the global offshore energy market. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.
"Despite the current offshore climate, we are committing to this industry long term. Signing this Letter of Intent alongside CMIH, with their partnering mentality, is a key milestone for Jumbo’s offshore division to further step-up, scale-up and diversify into the global offshore energy market,” Michael Kahn, Managing Director of Jumbo said.
Ulstein and Huisman design
The DP2 Heavy-Lift Crane Vessel (HLCV) has been designed by Jumbo together with Ulstein Design and Solutions and the hull will be outfitted with X-BOW technology, enabling significantly more consistent transit speed and offshore workability in severe weather conditions.
The vessel is designed for handling of ultra-large cargoes and will be used for installation of wind turbine foundations, moorings systems and subsea structures, foundations and (flex-lay) tie-backs in deeper waters as well as installation and decommissioning of fixed oil and gas facilities in shallow waters.
The vessels cranes will be designed and constructed by Huisman Equipment will be capable of exceeding Jumbo’s current lifting capacities and operable in tandem with onboard moon pool and flex-lay system.
World’s largest X-BOW vessel
Measuring 185 metres in length and 36 metres in width the HLCV will be the world’s largest X-BOW vessel and will be equipped with two offshore mast cranes with lifting capacities of 2,200 and 400 tonnes respectively.
Headquartered in in Schiedam in the Netherlands, Jumbo is owned by the Kahn family and operates a heavy-lift fleet with capacities from 650 to 3,000 tonnes that includes offshore construction vessels and offshore transportation vessels.