Van Oord's new flexible fallpipe vessel (FFPV) Stornes has left the shipyard of Yantai Raffles Offshore Ltd and is en route to the North Sea. The vessel was handed over to Van Oord Marine Services BV on June 16, 2011.
The Stornes is a DP2 vessel, built according to the American Bureau of Shipping classifications, with a length of 175m and designed to install rocks up to a depth of 1200 meters. The vessel is equipped with 2x 4000kW main engines, 2x 2200kW shaft generators and 4x 1818kW auxiliary units. The Stornes has a self-unloading capacity of 3000 tons per hour (or 2500 cubic meters). The vessel has a accomodation for 51 persons.
The vessel can discharge its cargo with a dual automatic conveyor belt system beneath deck and has above deck a 77m long conveyor belt boom. The Stornes has a central moonpool for deploying the fallpipe ROV and flexible fallpipe system.
The vessel will mainly operate offshore for rock installation operations, but can also operate as a very efficient self-unloading bulk carrier.