OOS International hires the biggest crane vessel in the world from China Merchant Group
Holding OOS International Group B.V. just announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with China Merchants Industry Holdings, wholely owned subsidiary company of China Merchants Group (Hong Kong) , for the design and construction of the biggest SSCV (Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel) in the world, the OOS Zeeland, a revolutionary semi-submersible crane vessel.
OOS has launched during EU-China Blue Industry Cooperation Forum, last 8th December in Shenzhen, which is going to be its new unit since they have already signed the MOU with CMIH last July. Basic design is still in progress. By signing this agreement, both parts have confirmed their commitment in establishing and maintaining a strategic partnership for developing of the engineering and construction of this new vessel. This unit will be equipped with two cranes with 12.000T lifting capacity each. In the crane of the stern there will be a control bridge with 360 degree views where the DP dashboard, among others, will be placed. It will also have a big working deck for transport and positioning of large and heavy blocks, with 112m between cranes. The empowerment zone is located below the working deck. Furthermore, this modern ICE 1B LNG vessel with dynamic positioning can reach 15,4 knots speed.
Two of the SCV of the OOS International fleet are carrying out renovations and maintenance works of some production platforms from Petrobras in Brazil. In 2016 OOS International signed a contract with China Merchant Industry Holdings for the construction of two SCV, IIS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren, which will be applied to assembly and dismantling activities of platforms. Both vessels will be equipped with two Huisman cranes, with a lifting capacity of 4.400 t and accessible for 750 people each. The delivery of this two units is expected for 2019.
Source: Sector Marítimo Ingeniería Naval Magazine