Chinese shipbuilder orders TMC compressors for newbuild pipelayer

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) has placed an order with TMC Compressors for a complete marine compressed air system to a pipelay vessel under construction by the Chinese shipbuilder. 

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries; Image source: TMC

TMC said that it would supply a major marine compressed air system consisting of four working air compressors, four desiccant air dryers, two instrument air compressors, and desiccant air dryers, four starting air compressors, four high-pressure compressors for the vessel’s tensioning system, plus four high-pressure air dryers.

The company did not disclose the value of the contract but did describe the deal as “substantial.”

ZPMC’s newbuild is a JSD6000 derrick pipelay vessel with an overall length of 215.88 meters, a width of 49 meters, and draft of 10.83 meters.

It can accommodate 399 people and is equipped with 5,000 tonnes of full-slewing cranes, J-Lay and S-Lay two-type pipe laying system, eight-point positioning mooring system, and DP3 dynamic positioning system.

According to the company, the ship can effectively combine the two types of pipe laying systems, which can realize the single ship pipelaying operation under shallow water, deep water, and ultra-deepwater.

The laying pipe diameter covers 6-60 inches, and the pipe laying has a maximum water depth of 3,000 meters.


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