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Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Sembcorp Marine has completed construction of the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel. The SSCV Sleipnir, built at Sembcorp’s Tuas Boulevard Yard, will be delivered to Heerema Marine Contractors for installing and removing jackets, topsides, deep-water foundations, moorings and other offshore structures.

The 400-person capacity vessel has two 10,000t  revolving cranes which can lift loads of up to 20,000t in tandem. This single-lift capability is expected to minimise offshore assembly work and raise operational efficiency to a new level.

The vessel further stands out as the world’s first crane vessel with dual-fuel engines running on Marine Gas Oil (MGO) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Coupled with an IMO- and US Coast Guard-approved ballast water management system, Sleipnir will operate sustainably across all environmental jurisdictions.

Speaking at the vessels christening in Tuas Boulevard Yard, Pieter Heerema, Chairman of the Board at Heerema Marine Contractors, said: “I am immensely proud that Heerema Marine Contractors is again taking things further with the introduction of our new semi-submersible crane vessel. Sleipnir scores several firsts in the industry: It is the largest crane vessel yet built; it has the strongest pair of revolving cranes; and it’s also the world’s first crane vessel with dual-fuel engines running on MGO and LNG, dramatically reducing harmful emissions. Sleipnir’s innovative capabilities will place Heerema even firmer at the forefront of developments in the offshore oil, gas and wind energy industry for both installations and decommissioning.”

Sembcorp Marine President & CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “In a safe environment, we can bring our best-quality work into building a reliable vessel, and this in turn helps ensure the safety of the future officers and crew aboard. Our safety mind set therefore goes beyond the successful completion of a project. It effectively complements our continuous focus on innovation and technology development, enabling us to deliver world-class products to Heerema and all other customers.

The vessel will leave for sea trials shortly and is scheduled for delivery to Heerema soon afterwards.


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