The Dutch OOS International Group BV has signed a contract with China Merchants Industry Holdings for the design and building of the largest semi-submersible crane vessel in the world.
At a conference in Shenzen, China, last December, the Dutch company said a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed between the two companies last May and that work on the basic design is already underway.
The OOS Zeelandia will be equipped with two cranes with a lifting capacity of 12,000 tonnes per crane and the aft crane will be fitted with a 360deg bridge. There will be an open deck space of 112m between the cranes and the large capacity hotel complex.
To be powered by LNG, the crane vessel is being built to Ice class 1B. She is being designed to have a high transit speed of 15.4 knots and will have a low fuel consumption due to the shipshaped asymmetric design.
The Dutch company’s chief executive Leon Overdulve said: “The new ship will be of great value to the decommissioning and subsea installation market.”