Subsea 7 Inc, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction companies, announced the official inauguration today of its new state-of-the-art deepwater Flex / J-lay vessel, the Seven Seas. The vessel naming ceremony was performed by Mrs Anabela Fonseca, Board Member of Sonangol, Angola's national oil company.
The Seven Seas is designed to perform highly specialised subsea pipe laying, construction and engineering work for the deepwater global offshore oil and gas industry. The vessel was designed and constructed by Merwede Shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands. The flexible pipelay equipment and 400t deepwater crane were designed and manufactured by Huisman in Rotterdam. The vessel combines state-of-the-art technology with industry leading safety standards and is capable of operating in water depths of up to 3,000m.
Mel Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer at Subsea 7 said: "This project has been achieved due to successful alignment of the interests of Subsea 7 and its key shipbuilding and pipelay suppliers. The unique, integrated agreement between all three parties has resulted in the design, construction, commissioning and on-schedule delivery of the vessel in just over 24 months, which is an excellent team effort."
Seven Seas is the fourth in a series of seven new vessels to be added to the Subsea 7 fleet over a 24 month period and represents an investment of some $200m, from a total investment of over $1bn in new assets and equipment between 2006 - 2008.