On Saturday 19 January 2008 offshore support vessel Superior Achiever was launched at the IHC Merwede Shipyard, IHC Krimpen Shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands. The vessel is being under construction for Superior Offshore International, Inc. based in Houston, USA. Before launching the Superior Achiever was named by Dutch minister of Economic Affairs, Mrs. Maria van der Hoeven.
The Superior Achiever has been developed by IHC Krimpen Shipyard based on the successful IHC Merwede Type 22 series of vessels. In close cooperation with Superior Offshore International, Inc. this particular Type 22 has been enhanced. The vessel will be a fully dynamically positioned, multi role offshore support vessel for offshore support and construction operations world-wide.
The Superior Achiever features flexible and modular capacity saturation diving capability through a dedicated diving moonpool. Sub-sea operations can be supported by one or two remote operated vehicles, launched over the side.
Other features are a working moonpool, which can be closed at the bottom and on deck when not in use, and a heave compensated abandon & recovery winch, capable to handle 300-tons in depths up to 3,000 metres, which can be operated through the working moonpool or over either side of the hull.
Special to the launching is the fact that the Superior Achiever is the first ship after re-opening the shipyard, late 2006. The indoor shipyard was built in 1982 for Van der Giessen-de Noord Shipyard. The yard was closed in 2003.