Spanish shipyard Metalships & Docks (MSD ) has completed a newbuild medium construction vessel for Technip .

The new vessel, named the Deep Orient, will be used for subsea construction and flexible pipelay projects.

The Deep Orient has also completed sea trials following its final outfitting and commissioning.

Technip signed a contract for the newbuild in December 2010 and MSD started fabrication and assembly in mid-2011.

The vessel, which complies with the latest marine environmental standards, has a length of 135.65m, breadth of 27m, depth of 9.7m and is capable of accommodating 120 people.

Technip chairman and chief executive officer Thierry Pilenko said that the Deep Orient strengthens the company’s integrated services strategy for offshore field development, subsea construction, fabrication and installation of submarine pipes worldwide.

"The introduction of the Deep Orient is the latest initiative in offering our clients a fit-for-purpose fleet to help them with their projects," Pilenko said.

The vessel is equipped with a 250-metric tonne main crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) station-keeping capability and two work-class remotely operated vehicles, in addition to a large 1,900-m² deck area for storage of equipment when undertaking projects in remote areas.

The Deep Orient will be moved to Technip’s facility in Le Trait, France before undertaking its first projects in Norway.

Image: The 135.65m long Deep Orient will be used for subsea construction and flexible pipelay projects. Photo: Technip.