ABB to power deepwater pipe laying vessel

27 May 2013 (Last Updated May 27th, 2013 18:30)

Swiss power and automation firm ABB has secured an order to provide electrical power and propulsion systems for a deepwater pipe laying vessel.

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Swiss power and automation firm ABB has secured an order to provide electrical power and propulsion systems for a deepwater pipe laying vessel.

Under the $12m deal, ABB will be responsible for providing a complete power and diesel electric system package, which the company says will offer reliable and fuel-efficient propulsion for the vessel.

According to ABB, the package will include medium voltage switchboards, generators, diesel generator monitoring systems, transformers, frequency converters, motors and a remote diagnostic system.

Singapore’s Keppel Singmarine will be responsible for the construction of the new vessel, to be named Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 (DLV2000), which is scheduled to be delivered to Hydro Marine Services, a subsidiary of McDermott International, in 2015.

ABB’s head of marine and cranes business Heikki Soljama said: "Being selected as the main supplier of power and diesel electric systems for this unique vessel, shows the customer’s faith in our ability to execute complex projects and deliver reliable solutions that contribute to increased energy efficiency and optimised performance."

Marine Technology Development (MTD), a ship design unit of Keppel, is responsible for the development of DLV2000, which will be used to support advanced deepwater pipe laying operations.

Capable of installing pipelines at water depths of up to 10,000ft, the vessel will also be able to achieve efficient pipe lay rates for long trunk lines in severe weather conditions.

The 400-crew vessel will be a combination of a dynamically-positioned and S-Lay vessel, with a transit speed of 12 knots and a maximum speed of 14 knots.

The ship will have a length of 184m, width of 38.6m and will be equipped with communication and navigation systems such as GMDSS radio system suitable for sea area A1, A2 and A3 service UHF, VHF, NAVTEX, EPIRB, SSAS, SART and Vessel LAN systems.


Image: Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 will be equipped with a complete power and diesel electric system package and is scheduled to be delivered in 2015. Credit: ABB.