Hyundai wins order for ‘Type 0’ vessel

10 Feb 2011
Computer generated image of the ‘Type 0’ semi-submersible heavy lift vessel ordered by Dockwise

Computer generated image of the ‘Type 0’ semi-submersible heavy lift vessel ordered by Dockwise

The Dutch heavy-lift company Dockwise BV has appointed Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build a 117,000 dwt ‘Type 0’ (T-0) semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel for delivery by the end of 2012.

The new vessel has been categorised T-0 to reflect its exceptional size. Hitherto, Type 1, of which Dockwise has two in service, was the largest class with cargo capabilities between 41,000 and 73,000 tonnes. With an overall deck size of 275 x 70m, the new vessel will have a carrying capacity of more than 110,000 tonnes. It features a 'bowless' design.

Her transit draught will be 11m which, when semi-submerged, will increase to 31.50m giving a 16m depth of water above the cargo deck. The diesel electric power plant will comprise two 8,700kW Wärtsilä 12V38 and two 4,350kW 6L38 medium speed gensets providing power for two 6MW electric motors each driving 5m CP propellers in Kort nozzles. This propulsion system will give a service speed of 12 knots fully loaded and 14.5 knots in ballast. The vessel will be fitted with one 1,200kW and two 655kW auxiliary gensets.

The T-0 specification is still being discussed by Dockwise with clients and HHI. Dockwise says that HHI’s flexibility in new build design, and its record of on-schedule delivery and budget discipline, were deciding factors in awarding the contract. The total cost of the project is expected to be around $240 million.

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