Lloyd Werft bags offshore newbuild

28 May 2013
The 'CEONA AMAZON'

The 'CEONA AMAZON'

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) has bagged a contract to build a 33,000gt construction and pipe-laying vessel for delivery to London-based CEONA, reports Tom Todd.

LWB Managing Director Ruediger Pallentin told The Motorship steel cutting for the 199.4m CEONA AMAZON, the first new building to be booked by the German yard for some time, will begin in July. Keel-laying is set for August and the vessel is due for delivery in late 2014, he said.

Speaking in advance of Norshipping which opens 4 June, Mr Pallentin said: “The contract is as good as signed and we hope to have the signature on the documents before the Oslo trade fair. We are already busy designing and the long-lead items are already firmly in hand."

The ship is a multi-functional offshore construction and pipe-laying platform. With a 32.2m beam and drawing 7.5m she will, said her owners, be part of a “new generation” of such vessels in the CEONA fleet. Few engine or propulsion details were initially available, but it was revealed she will boast seven thrusters, generator power of 48MW and a transit speed of 15 knots.

Based on a drill-ship design, the DP2-equipped ship will boast exceptional sea-keeping characteristics making it ideal for operations in remote and challenging locations, its owners added.

They said she was part of a fleet upgrade aimed at “keeping pace with the deep-water market”. Also part of that upgrade was the charter, from early 2014, of a new 130m long and 25m wide construction support vessel being build in the Ukraine for outfitting at Norway’s Ulstein Verft.

CEONA Chief Executive Steve Preston said the ship “will enhance our project delivery capabilities and complement the CEONA AMAZON."

LWB’s last major foray into newbuilding was a series of 11,500dwt dockships between 2007 and 2010. It is now rapidly expanding its activities in offshore and underscoring its capabilities in that sector.

It has already modified the two offshore turbine installation vessels Friedrich Ernestine and Victoria Mathias. It is currently also converting the 93m, 4,600dwt platform supply vessel Island Centurion into a well-service vessel. Operators Schlumberger have said a second ship will also be converted. Mr Pallentin has described the work as a “costly and complex contract” for completion by mid 2013. 

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