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Jumbo Shipping, a heavy lift and oversized cargo carrier, has placed an order with the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia to build a second K-class vessel, with an option on a third.

The order is an extension of an order placed with Brodosplit in July 2011 to build a heavy lift vessel.

The first vessel is scheduled to be operational in the autumn of 2013, while the sister-ship will be in active service about six months later.

The company has decided to upgrade the lifting capacity of the vessels from 1,300 to 1,500 tonnes, enabling tandem lifts of 3,000 tonne, to load and transport large and heavy structures.

The K-class vessel will be built to Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A design, ideal for projects in Arctic regions.

Each vessel will be equipped for DP2 installation, which will offer multi-facet installation support in the offshore sector.

The company said that the two new ships will comfortably exceed the capability of other vessels in their class.

With a length of 153m and beam of 27m, the vessels will be equipped with two 1100-tonne cranes, with a 27.5m outreach, capable of lifting up to 2,200 tonnes.

While announcing last year’s ship order the company said its ship fleet will increase to 13, with lifting capacity ranging from 500t to 2,200t.

Image: Jumbo’s K-class vessels being built at the Brodosplit shipyard will be capable of lifting up to 3,000 tonne. Photo: Jumbo Shipping