Khankendi Wraps Up Its First Caspian Sea Job

The subsea construction vessel (SCV) ‘Khankendi’, built for Shah Deniz 2 project, has completed its first project installation activity in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan.

The official launch of the new $378-million vessel took place in Baku in September this year.

The vessel is 155 meters in length and 32 meters in width with 2000 square metres of deck space. It has a total weight of 17,600 tonnes, a carrying capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes at 6.5 metres draft and two engine rooms with 6 x 4.4MW and 2 x 3.2MW generators.

It is equipped with dynamic positioning to allow working in 3.5 metre significant wave height, a 900 tonne main crane capable of placing 750 tonne subsea structures down to 600 metres below sea level, an 18-man two-bell diving system, two work-class ROVs and a strengthened moon pool.

The vessel has a maximum capacity of 175 people on board, including the marine crew and discipline specialists.

The Khankendi has been designed and built by the Baku Shipyard – a joint venture of SOCAR, the Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC) and Keppel O&M.

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