Netherlands’ shipbuilder Royal IHC (IHC) has launched a new pipelaying vessel, Sapura Jade, following the naming ceremony held at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel.
The new-build is the fourth in a series of five fully integrated pipelaying vessels being built for Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill.
IHC marketing and sales executive director Arjan Klijnsoon said: "With a total of five ships, Sapura Navegação Marítima has entrusted IHC with an impressive order and overall project.
"The construction, launch and delivery of these vessels are on or ahead of schedule, and the performance of the first two working vessels is exceeding expectations."
The new 550t vessel is equipped with a pipelaying spread designed and built by IHC, and two below-deck storage carousels, with capacities for 2,500t and 1,500t of product respectively.
In addition, Sapura Jade features a vertical (tiltable) lay system with a 550t top tension capacity for the deployment of a range of flexible products.
It is also installed with a custom-designed IHC control system that integrates each aspect of the pipelaying spread to make sure excellent levels of performance, safety and reliability, IHC stated.
The 145.9m-long and 29.9m-wide ship will have a capacity to accommodate 120 people.
After delivery, Sapura Jade will join its sister vessels Sapura Diamante, Sapura Topázio and Sapura Ônix.
The team will be deployed in Brazilian waters to develop deep-sea oilfields of up to 2,500m on behalf of Petrobras.
In 2012, Sapura Navegação Marítima signed a contract to build two pipelaying vessels and ordered further three vessels in 2013.
Image: Royal IHC’s newly constructed pipelaying vessel, Sapura Jade. Photo: courtesy of Royal IHC.