Home' Work Boat World : December 2016 Contents MALAYSIA GOES SHOPPING
FOR NAVAL VESSELS IN CHINA
The Royal Malaysian Navy is set to buy
four naval vessels from China and has said
it will handle South China Sea disputes
bilaterally with the Chinese authorities.
The littoral mission ships are small craft
that operate close to shore. Two of the craft
will be built in China and the balance in
Malaysia. “ I call this a landmark decision
because before this we have not bought
such vessels from China,” said Najib Razak,
Malaysia’s prime minister.
“Leaders of the two sides agreed to
further advance the proper settlement of
the South China Sea issue with dialogue
through a bilateral channel,” said Chinese
vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin.
“Obviously the launching of naval
cooperation between the two sides is
significant for our bilateral ties,” he said.
The deal is part of the Royal Malaysian
programme in which the navy will
streamline its armada to only five classes of
ships from 15 so that it is more cost-
effective to maintain and manage.
NAUTILUS MINERALS’ SEAFLOOR MINING
SUPPORT SHIP FLOATED OUT
Nautilus Minerals’ production support
vessel (PSV) was floated in the dry dock in
early November to allow the launch of two
adjacent vessels. The PSV is to be used by
Nautilus and Eda Kopa (Solwara), its Papua
New Guinea partner, as the base for its
seafloor operations planned at the Solwara
1 project site, in the Bismarck Sea of Papua
“The company was very excited to see
the PSV floated in the dry dock‚ as it shows
the fantastic progress the team at the
Fujian Mawei Shipyard and Marine Assets
Corporate (MAC) have made over the past
three mo nths,” said Nautilus. “ When you
consider the first block for the PSV was laid
on June 10 this year, to having a 220-
metre hull able to be floated some 14
weeks later, it is a huge achievement by
FMSL ... We are now looking forward to
continuing that strong working
relationship as we progress the final build
phase and fit out of the vessel.”
Nautilus hopes to develop the world's
first commercial high grade seafloor
copper -gold mine and launch the seafloor
resource production industry.
MULTIPLE NEWBUILDS ON THE WAY FROM
CHINA’S ODC MARINE
Dalian-headquartered ODC Marine is
currently building five passengers vessels
(two of which are 18-metre boats that can
carry 100 passengers, two are 20-metre
boats carrying 150 and one nine-metre
carries 12 people),
and one 12-metre crane boat for
The crane boat, equipped with a Hydro-
armor two-tonne crane, has an overall
length of 11.8 metres, a hull length of
11.65 metres and a beam of 4.3 metres.
Powered by an Iveco 260kW engine, it has
a speed of 15 knots.
The 18-metre passenger boats have an
overall length of 19.15 metres, a hull
length of 18 metres and a beam of 4.7
metres. Power comes from two Cummins
QSL9 300kW engines delivering a working
speed of 17 knots.
The 20-metre passenger boats have an
overall length of 21.4 metres, hull length of
20 metres and a beam of 5.75 metres. Two
Scania DI16 QSL9 520kW engines give a
working speed of 17 knots.
These four passenger vessels were
designed by Mer et Design and classed by
LAUNCH OF LIFTBOATS IN CHINA
Mekers Offshore has launched the first
in a series of liftboats at Dajin Heavy
Industries yard in Jiangsu, China.
Aqualis Offshore had been contracted by
Mekers Offshore last year to supervise the
construction of the company’s two new
liftboats, of which the first was launched in
November. Bestway Dajin shipyard
provided detailed engineering.
The self-elevating liftboat is a four-
legged, DP2, self-propelled vessel with a
working depth of 70 metres. It can house
up to 250 people and is suitable for wo rk
over and well intervention with a large
open deck area capable of carrying
equipment and supplies for various
offshore exploration, production and
support activities. The unit is capable of
rapid deployment to provide a stable
platform in its elevated position for
maintenance and construction work.
Various international companies have
provided all main equipment, which comes
with global warranty and service support.
The first liftboat is scheduled for delivery
in the first quarter of 2017 with the second
unit to follow later the same year.
TWO NEW ANCHOR HANDLING TUG SUPPLY
VESSELS FROM WUCHANG SHIPBUILDING
Two new anchor handling tug supply
(AHTS) vessels were recently delivered from
the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group
yard in China. The ships have been built
for China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL), the
largest fleet owner of offshore service
vessels in China.
The delivery of these two ships follows
on from four AHTS and two platform
supply vessels (PSV) delivered in 2015 to
the same customer and which are now in
regular operation. The contract for the
original six ship designs was placed in
December 2012 and another for three new
AHTS vessel designs in December 2014.
The customer expressed approval of the
design, operation and high performance of
six ships already in service. The AHTS
vessels have been customised to meet
COSL’s operational requirements.
The design features a reduced
optimised hull line providing lower
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