The Sapura Ônix was launched at the Royal IHC shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, near Rotterdam on Friday 1st August.
She is the third of five identical sister vessels in the order placed with Royal IHC in 2013 by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill.
All of the five vessels are being built at their yard in Krimpen aan den IJssel and the order is due to be completed in 2016. The vessels are fully integrated 550t pipelayers which are completely designed, engineered and built by Royal IHC.
They will work in Brazilian waters to develop deep-sea oilfields on behalf of Petrobras.
The first vessel, Sapura Diamante, recently started working for Petrobras, three months ahead of schedule.
Length overall 145.9m
Breadth moulded 29.9m
Depth main deck 13m
Draught (operational) 7.2m
Draught (max) 8.3m
Deadweight (operational) 7,025t
Deadweight (max) 10,070t
Accommodation 120 people