Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine has delivered an ice-class vessel to New Orient Marine, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Maritime Construction Services.

The new multi-purpose vessel MPV Everest has been designed to be capable of operating in ambient temperatures as low as -30°C.

The vessel is equipped with an Ice Class Arc 5 notation and features various advanced capabilities such as Class 3 dynamic positioning.

"This is the eleventh ice-class vessel we have built and it extends our track record as the leading shipyard in designing and building ice-class vessels."

It will be able to move through an ice layer of up to 1m thickness.

Keppel Singmarine managing director Abu Bakar Mohd Nor said: “We are pleased to deliver this state-of-the-art multi-purpose ice-class vessel, built based on our proprietary design, to the highest satisfaction of Maritime Construction Services.

“This is the eleventh ice-class vessel we have built and it extends our track record as the leading shipyard in designing and building ice-class vessels.”

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MPV Everest is able to perform subsea repair and construction activities at water depths of 3,000m, as well as carry out well intervention and diving support services via an 18-men twin-bell system.

The vessel can also be deployed in firefighting and emergency rescue operations.

Maritime Construction Services director Knut Reinertz said: “The addition of this highly versatile, robust and high specification multi-purpose ice-class vessel to our fleet will enable us to provide a wide variety of value-added services to our customers.

“It is designed for efficient and high-performance operation, even in harsh Arctic and cold climate conditions.”

Prior to this vessel, Keppel O&M is noted to have completed ten ice-class specialised shipbuilding projects over the last decade.