Romania: Keel Laid for NIBULON’s New Floating Crane

Keel Laid for NIBULON's New Floating Crane

SNC Shipyard held, on December 6th 2012, a solemn keel laying ceremony for NIBULON’s new floating crane of POSS-901 project.

Within implementation of the large-scale project, having discussed and analyzed commercial offers from Ukrainian and foreign shipbuilding yards, on July 2, 2012 NIBULON signed a contract for construction of the floating crane of POSS-901 project at the shipyard in Constanta city (Romania) which sent the most competitive offer.

Mykolayiv design bureau “Torola Design Group” developed the project. The design bureau has already developed the projects of non-self-propelled vessels and tugs according to NBL-90 and POSS-115 projects.

The vessel will be equipped with 4 Volvo Penta diesel-generators (Sweden) of 420 kW each (a diagram of electric drive of propulsion system), Marine Interior welded outfit (the USA), Schottel rudder propellers (Germany), conditioning and ventilation systems produced by Heinen & Hopman Engineering (Holland), and other electric and navigation equipment.

During construction 838 tons of A-Class steel will be cut.

The floating crane will be equipped with a lifting navigation room, deck equipment will number hoisting crane, anchor and mooring winches, chains, anchors and masts. The floating crane will be equipped with the following hull systems, namely hydraulics of rudder-propeller complex, oil, fuel, and compressed air systems, fresh domestic and service water systems; ballast and bilge system, sewage system, gas discharge system, СО2 system, ventilation and central heating systems, sea water cooling system, fire-fighting system, fresh water cooling system, and conditioning system.

The vessel’s construction will be performed according to the following stages: metal cutting – production of pipes and hull systems – subassembly and fabrication – hull assembly – construction of spaces and their testing – assembly of deck equipment – assembly of insulation and metal casing, spaces cladding – outfit of superstructure and living spaces – deck painting – assembly of electrical and navigation equipment– mooring testing – sea trials – vessel delivery to a customer.

The floating crane construction is held under the supervision of the Shipping Register of Ukraine, the vessel will correspond to all the requirements of Ukraine’s sanitary norms.

According to the contractual obligations, the construction completion will be on February 28, 2012.

The vessel will become the most productive transshipment floating crane in Ukraine. It will be used for carrying out loading/unloading operations in grab mode with lifting capacity up to 45 tons and in hook mode – up to 60 tons on inland waterways, in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea coastal area up to 20 miles – all year round.

The floating crane technical characteristics will ensure loading/unloading operations with wave height up to 1.5 m and wind force up to 20 m/s.

Main technical characteristics:

  • maximum length – 52.3 m;
  • breadth – 22 m
  • draught (lightship) – 2 m;
  • displacement at 2 m draught – about 2000 tons;
  • speed – up to 4 knots.

Lifting capacity:

  • in grab mode (boom reach – 32 m) – 45 tons;
  • in hook mode (boom reach – 26 m) – 60 tons.


Press Release, December 12, 2012