Naming Ceremony in China for Worlds First 3000m Deepwater Pipe Laying Crane Vessel
China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Limited , a large heavy industries group in China, has collaborated with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”) to construct the world’s first-ever 3,000-meter deepwater pipe laying crane vessel (“DPV”) “Ocean Pec 201”.
A national science and technology major project achievement report meeting and a naming ceremony to celebrate the completion of the vessel were held in Rugao City, Jiangsu today.
The DPV “Ocean Pec 201” was the culmination of the first joint offshore engineering project of CNOOC and China Rongsheng Heavy Industries. The project started in May 2005 and construction of the vessel commenced in September 2008.
Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. (“COOEC”), a listed company held by CNOOC, was responsible for all construction cost as well as the operation upon completion. The christening ceremony today symbolised that the construction of the DPV has completed the outfitting and testing stages and is at the final stage of trial voyage and delivery.
Guests including top management of China Rongsheng Heavy Industries and our partners together with leading officials of the local Government presided over the occasion and officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Business executives included Mr. Zhou Shouwei, Vice President of CNOOC and academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Mr. Zhou Xuezhong, President of COOEC; Mr. Zhang Dehuang, Chairman of Jiangsu Rongsheng Investment Group Co. Ltd; Mr. Chen Qiang, Chief Executive Officer of China Rongsheng Heavy Industries and Mr. Chen Guorong, President of Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. Local officials included Mr. Qinyan, Deputy Director of Jiangsu Economic and Information Technology Commission and Ms. Chen Huijuan, Deputy Mayor of Nantong & Secretary of Rugao Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Mr. Chen Qiang, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of China Rongsheng Heavy Industries, said, “‘Ocean Pec 201’ is an important part of the demonstration engineering projects. It includes major equipment and ancillary engineering technology for offshore deepwater engineering projects among the major national science and technology programmes under China’s Eleventh Five-Year Plan.
The entry of CNOOC in deep water exploitation creates opportunities for the offshore engineering sector in China and enhances the overall capability of the related manufacturing and metallurgy industries in China. The christening and impending trial voyage of the semi-submersible drilling rig ‘Ocean Pec 981’ and DVP ‘Ocean Pec 201’ highlights China’s ability to develop sophisticated equipment in the offshore engineering sector and its competitiveness in the international market.”
Source: TodayIR, May 24, 2011.