Shanghai-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group has signed a contract with the Dutch offshore contractor Van Oord to build the E169 fall-pipe rock installation vessel.
The deal will mark Sinopacific’s entry into the field of specialised offshore vessels.
The new vessel is designed to provide personnel safety and environment protection in maritime operations.
The highly mechanised configuration, logistics and maintenance of the vessel eliminate the need of manual handling of equipment, Sinopacific said.
The vessel is being built to Comf Noise 1 and Comf Vib 1 classification.
Sinopacific chairman and CEO Simon Liang said: "To date, we have successfully delivered nearly 400 vessels. "We are looking forward to strengthening our in-depth strategic cooperation with partners in the future, so as to offer valuable products and services as well as a brand experience to the global offshore oil and gas sector."
Sinopacific handles the design and shipbuilding of bulk carriers and offshore support vessels.
The shipbuilder will construct the E169 at its Zhejiang Shipyard and expects to put it in service in 2016.
The latest contract follows a similar deal signed by the two companies last month to build a new subsea rock installation (SRI) vessel for Van Oord.
The vessel will be constructed at Ningbo yard in China and will be delivered in 2016.
Van Oord currently deploys three SRI-vessels, Stornes (27,000t), Nordnes (26,000t) and Tertnes (11,000t).
The contracting company serves industries such as dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy.
Image: Subsea rock installation vessel of Van Oord. Photo: courtesy of Van Oord.