DEME Group yesterday celebrated the launch of their new multi purpose vessel ‘Living Stone’, the most advanced vessel in its class.
The vessel, being built by the Spanish shipyard LaNaval near Bilbao, has been designed as an environmentally friendly vessel with ‘dual fuel’ main engines with LNG being its prime fuel.
The launching ceremony was initiated by Mrs. Sarah Tommelein, spouse of Mr. Bart Tommelein, Vice-Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Energy.
The ‘Living Stone’ features DP3 (Dynamic Positioning 3) capability together with an important total loading capacity of 12.500 tons.
It will be equipped with two large 5.000 tons cable/umbilical carrousels arranged below deck allowing for a free deck space of ca. 3500 m² which accommodates the modular cable/umbilical handling systems, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the subsea trenching tool CBT 1100 and the fall-pipe system.
A central moon pool of 7.7 m by 7.7 m and the installation of a 600 ton crane for subsea installation and removal complete this arrangement.
The ‘Living Stone’ will be delivered in 2017 making it another DEME vessel equipped with dual fuel engines, in addition to the self-propelled jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’ and 3 other hopper dredgers that have been ordered.
The vessel will join the fleet of fall-pipe vessels of DEME’s offshore division Tideway which currently includes the ‘Flintstone’, ‘Rollingstone’ and ‘Seahorse’.