Singapore-based Ultra Deep Solutions (UDS) has signed a contract with China’s shipbuilding company Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) to build an Ultra Deep Installer; a multi-purpose diving support construction vessel (DSCV).
The $200m contract also includes an option for the construction of a second vessel.
Based on the Red-class 6027 MT design, the new vessel will be a DP3, 142m-long advanced multi-purpose subsea diving support construction vessel.
UDS has collaborated with a global ship designer Marin Teknik Norway to design this vessel.
UDS CEO Shel Hutton said: "With only 30 similarly sized but older vessels worldwide, and the requirement in the industry for safe yet fast-response vessels, UDS is poised to deliver such high standards of quality to the deep and ultra-deep water projects."
"The Red-class 6027 combines the practicality, safety, reliability, efficiency and impressive subsea technology. We are confident that it will exceed the expectations of oil majors and offshore operators."
The vessel can operate in water depths of up to 400m, is equipped with Unique Hydra’s 18-man twin bell saturation dive system, a 400 VLT in the reinforced moon pool area and two 250HP work-class ROVs 3,000m working depth that is installed in its ROV hangers.
Additional features of the vessel include a 400t crane with a depth capability to 5,200m single fall and 3,200m dual fall, open deck space of 1,500m² and deck strength of 10t².
The first vessel is expected to be delivered in 2017.
Image: The 142m-long DP3 vessel is based on the Red-class 6027 MT design DSCV. Photo: courtesy of Ultra Deep Subsea Pte Ltd.