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McDermott names new vessel for Ichthys LNG project

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McDermott International Inc. has announced that it has formally named its new flagship, Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 (DLV 2000). The vessel, which was named at Keppel Singmarine Shipyard in Singapore, will be used in the Inpex Ichthys LNG project offshore Western Australia. It will join the project in May 2016, where, for several months, it will help McDermott’s work programme by providing heavy construction support for the project’s subsea system. The vessel will operate in conjunction with McDermott’s other subsea installation vessel – the Construction Support Vessel 108 (CSV 108) – which is already working on the project.

In addition to this, the DLV 2000 will support both the transportation and installation contract that was awarded by Woodside Energy Ltd, and the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 subsea pipeline and installation project in Western Australia.

The vessel is a class 3 dynamically positioning vessel, and combines a 2200 t revolving crane with a deepwater under deck S-lay pipeline system. This is configured to install pipelines with diameters that range from 4.5 in. to 60 in. in water depths of up to 10 000 ft. It can carry up to 400 personnel and has a 43 000 ft2 open deck, allowing the transportation and construction of large subsea structures.

The President and CEO of McDermott, David Dickson, said: “The DLV 2000 will add high-end capabilities and increased versatility to McDermott’s global fleet by utilising a single vessel on projects requiring a combination of pipelay and heavy lift with appropriate deck space for structures and offshore workforce accommodation that would normally require multiple vessels; therefore, enabling a more efficient operation for our customers and a larger market access for McDermott.

“Through the long established relationship between Keppel and McDermott, the DLV 2000 has been built to a world class specification and on budget.

“The vessel represents a strategic component of McDermott’s long-term plan to deliver the best in class projects to our global customer base.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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