Asian Lift, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) and Smit Singapore, a member of the Boskalis Group of Companies, has named today, May 15, 2015, the Asian Hercules III.
According to the company, the Asian Hercules III is the largest and most versatile heavy-lift sheerlegs of its kind in the world.
The self-propelled floating sheerlegs can perform single lifts of up to 5,000 tonnes and carry out tandem lifts exceeding 5,000 tonnes with multiple cranes.
Asian Hercules III increases Asian Lift’s fleet size to a total of 5 sheerlegs, which includes the 400-tonne Asian Helping Hand lll, the 1,600-tonne Asian Hercules and the 3,200-tonne Asian Hercules II.
The sheerlegs were built by Keppel Nantong Shipyard, Keppel O&M’s yard in Nantong, China.
Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel O&M and Chairman of Asian Lift said, “Asian Hercules III is a reflection of how Asian Lift has grown from strength to strength since Keppel and Smit forged a strategic partnership to form the joint venture 30 years ago. Today, Asian Lift is known for its unparalleled lifting capabilities. We are confident that Asian Hercules III will help to broaden Asian Lift’s coverage and opportunities beyond its traditional markets to include offshore installations and decommissioning work, and to also further its reach into international markets.
“At Keppel O&M, we will also benefit from Asian Lift’s expanded capabilities as the company continues to contribute to our quality execution of projects ranging from the construction of high specification rigs to ship conversions and specialised shipbuilding.”
Measuring 106 metres long and 52 metres wide with a hook height of at least 120 metres, Asian Hercules III had taken on its first assignment in Singapore upon delivery earlier this year. Together with Asian Hercules II, Asian Hercules III had carried out a tandem lift for the 5,300-tonne upper hull of an accommodation semi-submersible that Keppel FELS, the rig design and building arm of Keppel O&M, is constructing.