Levingston to build mobile offshore unit liftboat for GPC

12 November 2012 (Last Updated November 12th, 2012 18:30)

Levingston Middle East has signed a contract with Gulf Piping Company (GPC) of Abu Dhabi to build a Levingston 320EX liftboat.

Levingston Middle East has signed a contract with the Gulf Piping Company (GPC) of Abu Dhabi to build a Levingston 320EX liftboat.

Construction of the Levingston 320EX self-elevating, mobile offshore unit (MOU) liftboat will commence immediately.

The project will be carried out at GPC’s 750,000m² fabrication, dry-dock and heavy-duty jetty facilities in Abu Dhabi.

With a length of 97.5m, an open deck area of 1,022m² and net deck load capacity of 680t, the new vessel will be capable of accommodating 160 people, including navigation crew.

The boat will be equipped with a liftboat jacking system, designed by Levingston and Elevating Boats (EBI), using EBI’s 12-tooth pinion jacking system technology.

In addition to Rolls Royce’s Z-Drive azimuth thrusters and a bow tunnel thruster, the vessel will be equipped with two leg-encircling cranes designed by Levingston and RAM Cranes, each with a capacity of 250t.

EBI CEO Ken Serigne said: "The 320EX takes advantage of the EBI GB82 brake-holding capabilities for preloading in an innovative Levingston design."

Levingston chairman and CEO Ronald Sanders said that the construction of the 320EX in the UAE is the seventh of the company’s 320E Class liftboats.

"The 320EX will have advanced features not currently seen in liftboats. Advances in these designs have given us the opportunity to deliver leading-edge technology to the liftboat industry all over the world," Sanders said.

The vessel will also feature three Bergen diesel main generators and one Rolls Royce MTU 12 V2000 emergency generator.

Designed to meet the requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the vessel’s capabilities include well intervention, platform service and maintenance, plug and abandonment, additional accommodations, offshore construction, offshore coiled tubing and wind turbine installation and service.

Upon delivery, which is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of 2014, the vessel is intended to operate in offshore regions such as the Arabian Gulf, South East Asia, West Africa, Mexico, and in Central and South America.