Denmark-based Blue Water Shipping has secured a contract from Baku Shipyard to transport two hull sections from Singapore to the newly established Baku Shipyard in Azerbaijan.
The 140m-long and 16m-wide hull sections will have a height of 17m and its weight per section is 5,400 metric tons. The two sections will form the hull of a subsea construction vessel (SCV), named Khankendi.
According to Blue Water, the hull sections will be transported on board a semi-submersible vessel and it will set a new record for the longest cargo ever to be transported through the Volga-Don.
Blue Water Asia Pacific regional general manager Jason Goh said: "The transport will be executed by combined efforts from the Blue Water offices in Singapore, Moscow, Baku and Esbjerg (HQ).
"With the charter of a semi-submersible vessel for this project, Blue Water Singapore has chartered a total of ten semi-submersible vessels within the last 24 months."
After the delivery, Khankendi will be deployed for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz field, which is situated approximately 70km offshore in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.
Baku Shipyard was established in 2013. It has a total of 1,200m quay and a maximum depth of 7.5m, which allows the yard to accommodate the vessels that are operating inside the Caspian Sea.
Moreover, the shipyard has its own floating dock measuring 168 x 50m, which can accommodate vessels up to 23,000t displacement.
Image: Blue Water will transport the hull sections for Baku Shipyard through the Russian river system. Photo: courtesy of Blue Water Shipping A/S.