Photo: Stella Synergy

Jumbo picks name for new heavy lift crane vessel

Jumbo, an offshore transportation and installation contractor, has decided on a name for its new DP2 heavy lift crane vessel (HLCV) to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

Jumbo signed a letter of intent with China Merchants Industry Holdings for engineering and construction of the DP2 HLCV in December 2017.

Last month Jumbo launched an internal competition to name the new vessel where all company employees could submit up to three vessel name entries.

After receiving 250 entries, managing director of Jumbo Michael Kahn along with the competition committee made a top three list and chose one winning name – Stella Synergy.

The winning name was entered by Jiovanni Pardillo who has worked with Jumbo as an AB crew member since 2006.

Kahn said: “Stella Synergy is a beautiful name that captures the many elements of the Jumbo spirit – It symbolizes Jumbo 50 years ago when we started as pioneers in the heavy lift industry with our first Stella vessel.”

This HLCV has been designed together with Ulstein Design and Solutions. The hull will be outfitted with an X-BOW enabling a more consistent transit speed and offshore workability in severe weather conditions. With a vessel length of 185 meters and a width of 36 meters the HLCV will be, according to Jumbo, the world’s largest X-BOW vessel.

The main crane of the Stella HLVC will have a 2,500-tonne capacity. Also, Jumbo opted for a triple hoist to allow for complex upending operations and also chose for an active heave compensation auxiliary block of 600mt with a depth rating of 3,000 meters.

The second subsea crane will have a capacity of 400 tonnes with an active heave compensation main hoist to control the position of a load relative to the seabed.

Huisman Equipment was selected in March for the design and construction of the two offshore mast cranes.

Fuel efficiency was also factored into the design because the vessel would be powered by dual-fuel engines with the ability to run on natural gas (LNG).

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