Loyd’s Register in charge of classing ‘world’s largest heavy lift crane vessel’

Loyd’s Register has won a contract to class a heavy lift crane vessel (NSCV) for the Netherlands-based Heerema Group, to be constructed at the newly opened Sembcorp ‘Mega yard’ in Singapore.

According to Loyd’s Register, the dual-fuel LNG and MGO semi-submersible vessel, which has been described as the world’s largest heavy lift crane vessel, is due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018.

It follows another Heerema project, the delivery of the LR-classed Aegir deepwater construction vessel (DCV) in 2013.

Loyd Register notes that the NSCV project has a contract value of around $1 billion. The Dutch crane specialist Huisman will fabricate two tub-mounted 10,000 tonne cranes for the vessel in their Chinese production facility.

Furthermore, Heerema will include an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) and boast a full complement of LR’s ECO notations. That includes NOx Tier III compliance, LNG propulsion and compliance with the ballast water management convention (BWMC).

The vessel will also have dynamic positioning capabilities in excess of the DP (AAA) standard along with compliance with a range of coastal state requirements including Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), UK and US Coast Guard requirements.

Jan-Pieter Klaver, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors, said: “Our contract with Jurong Shipyard represents the next critical step in our plans to introduce the NSCV to the market. The fact that we decided to press on with our plans in these times of low oil prices, shows our belief in the offshore oil and gas industry and demonstrates our continued commitment to offer unparalleled installation services to the industry.” 

Piet Mast, LR’s Marine Area Manager for South Asia, said: “This is the exciting next step in the long-running partnership between the Heerema Group and LR. The Heerema Group is demonstrating its commitment to the marine and offshore industry.”

“With the opening of LR’s new Global Technology Centre in Southampton this complex project is a good fit for LR and is an exciting challenge for the LR team in Singapore, supported by a range of LR global experts,” he said.

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