USA: Global Industries Takes Possesion of Global 1200 Derrick/Pipelay Vessel


US based Global Industries is about to take delivery of the first of two deep-water derrick pipelay vessels from Keppel Singmarine, Singapore. The vessels are designed by Ulstein Sea of Solutions in The Netherlands.

The first newbuild, the Global 1200, was named on 18 September. The vessel is in its final construction phase and will perform sea trials in the next few weeks. Global Industries expects to take delivery of a sister vessel, Global 1201, from Keppel Singmarine in Q3 2011.

The dynamically-positioned Global 1200 is a combined derrick/pipelay vessel, and is a customized version of the Ulstein Sea of Solutions’ SOC 600 design. The design incorporates an AmClyde single post crane on the aft and a centre firing line on the freeboard deck. The vessel has a lifting capacity of 1,200 tonnes, 400 tonnes deep water lowering system capacity, and is capable of operating in up to 3000 metres water depth.

The vessel is propelled by two 4,500kW thrusters providing a trial speed of 15 knots. Combined with the five retractable thrusters of 2,400kW each and an 880kW tunnel thruster the vessel is classed DPII, however generator room and switchboard lay-out meet DPIII requirements to provide additional redundancy.

The newbuild measures 162.3 m overall, with length (Bpp) of 153.4 m, breadth (moulded) of 37.8 m, depth (moulded) of 16.1 m, and draft (design) of 6.3 m. The vessel’s total installed power is 3 x 4,230kW and 3 x 3,760kW.

Global Industries is a leading solutions provider of offshore construction, engineering, project management and support services including pipeline construction, platform installation and removal, deepwater/SURF installations, IRM, and diving to the oil and gas industry worldwide. Global Industries currently operates a fleet of 17 vessels worldwide.

Ulstein Sea of Solutions is a dynamic design company known for its innovative designs of complex offshore construction vessels. Ulstein Sea of Solutions is part of the Ulstein Group of Norway which has a solid reputation for its refreshing and innovative offshore vessel designs and turning visions into reality for its clients. Ulstein Sea of Solutions develops projects for operators, contractors and ship owners in the offshore drilling, construction and production market, as well as the maritime transport market. Future market trends and end user needs are the key drivers for developing and providing their new floating concepts to the offshore oil and gas industries and the offshore wind industry.

Source: Ulsteingroup, September 21, 2010:

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