IHC has successfully launched Subsea 7’s 550t pipelaying vessel, SEVEN RIO, at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming ceremony was carried out by Anelise Lara, Petrobras Executive Manager for the Libra Project.
In August last year, IHC announced the orders from Subsea 7 for three ships of identical design to the recently launched SEVEN WAVES.
With an overall length of 146 metres, a beam of 30 metres and a Class-2 dynamic positioning system, these vessels will be equipped for transporting and installing flexible flowlines and umbilicals in water depths of up to 3,000 metres.
Like the existing order for the SEVEN WAVES, Subsea 7 is delivering the pipelaying spreads for the three new vessels.
The three PLSVs, the Seven Rio, Seven Sun and Seven Cruzeiro, linked to long-term contracts awarded by Petrobras, are expected to be delivered in 2015 and 2016.
“The launch of the Seven Rio is yet another milestone in the long and successful cooperation between Subsea 7 and IHC,” said Arjan Klijnsoon, Managing Director of IHC’s Offshore division.
“We are proud to be providing Subsea 7 with another pipelaying vessel to join its sister vessel, the Seven Waves, in Brazilian waters.”
Rachid Felix, Vice President – Commercial, Subsea 7 Brazil, added: “We are honoured that Mrs Lara officiated at the naming ceremony of the Seven Rio and we look forward to this new vessel joining the Seven Waves on operational contracts for Petrobras in Brazil.”
Subsea World News Staff