Steel cutting for Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven has begun at Poland’s CRIST Shipyard on CEONA AMAZON, a state-of-the-art, multi-functional offshore newbuilding ordered by London shipping company CEONA.
The keel for the big DP2 ship will also be laid at the CRIST Gdynia facility in August. It is part of a positive co-operative venture which Lloyd Werft says has helped it further develop its strategy as a completion facility.
The newbuilding will be delivered to CEONA in October 2014. Even though detailed design work on the ship started in January, the cutting of the first steel traditionally marks the start of actual construction.
Lloyd Werft chief executive officer Rüdiger Pallentin, project manager Friedrich Norden and design office head Benedikt Dreymann were on hand for the steel-cutting ceremony along with CEONA representatives Svenn Dahl and Cliff Miller and representatives from the CRIST Shipyard.
With the building of the CEONA AMAZON, Lloyd Werft is continuing to develop its capabilities as a builder of high-quality special ships. It is also utilising positive and proven partnerships like that with CRIST Shipyard, which has built hulls for Lloyd Werft newbuildings in the past. The new hull, like the earlier ones, will be completed in Bremerhaven.
For Lloyd Werft, the latest contract demonstrates primarily that the Bremerhaven yard is an international front-runner when it comes to building highly specialised ships. Above all else, however, it is a logistical challenge. “It is the detail that make such a large-scale contract a challenge”, says Rüdiger Pallentin “- something that is always very attractive to us”.
The new ship will be 199.4 m long and 32.4 m wide, draw 8.0 m and be of 33,000 GT. She will boast not only cabins for 200 skilled personnel but also extensive space below deck for pipes and connecting components. This capability will guarantee her owners a wide radius of operations for their newbuilding, which will be required to lay fixed and flexible pipes on the seabed in water as deep as 3,000 metres.
The laying pipes on the seabed will take place through a moon pool and a satellite-operated DP2 system will enable the CEONA AMAZON to accurately maintain position and heading. Almost commonplace will be the heli-pad above the bow along with seven thrusters at bow and stern and ROVs which will supervise work being carries out at great depths. Pipes will be fed non-stop from the cargo hold, making the CEONA AMAZON a very special floating factory, operating largely independent of land support.
On the ship’s 4,600 sq m deck to the rear of the superstructure, two 400 ton capacity heavy load cranes to port and a 30 ton knuckle boom crane amidships will help feed pipes into a bending and laying system after they have been joined by robotic welding units. This specialised system will not be installed at Lloyd Werft but at Huisman in the Netherlands. Lloyd Werft will however deliver the CEONA AMAZON to her owners in October 2014, complete with 108 comfortable cabins and infrastructure for 200 crew members, prior to the final installation of the ship’s specialised technology in the Netherlands.
Press Release, July 12, 2013