SAL’s heavy lift vessel, the MV “Lone”, is now in the last stages of upgrading her existing DP 1 system to a DP 2 system. In dry-dock at the German shipyard Norderwerft, the vessel received one additional 1,200 kW bowthruster, two retractable azimuths of 1,200 kW each and three 1,600 kW auxiliary engines to secure the power supply for the redundant dynamic positioning system.
To optimize the functionality of the high capacity cranes in offshore operations, the vessel was further equipped with a motion monitoring system.
The installation of the system bears a number of significant advantages: the vessel will be fully self-propelled without the need for tugs or external mooring systems, the vessel reaches optimal maneuverability and has the ability to respond rapidly to changes both in weather conditions as well as in operational requirements.
With these features in place, the MV “Lone” has all the necessary elements for undertaking complex projects in the area of oil and gas field development as well as offshore wind farm support. Within this scope of service, the vessel can provide wet handshake solutions, FPSP mooring support as well as transportation and placement of extraordinary structures on the seabed. In the realm of offshore windfarm support, the vessel can both feed installation units to the field as well as provide installation services for transition pieces.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, December 6, 2011; Image: SAL Heavylift