Royal IHC successfully launches SAPURA JADE

News published on
16 April 2015

Royal IHC has successfully named and launched the pipelaying vessel SAPURA JADE in a ceremony at the company's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The naming of the fully integrated vessel was performed by Mrs Belle de Bruin, Managing Director of the Indofin Group.

Earlier on the same day, the naming ceremony of its sister vessel SAPURA ÔNIX also took place at the same location. It was carried out by Mrs Dahlia Abdul Aziz, spouse of Mr Alex Monsen, JV Board Member and VP of New Build/Senior Vice President of Seadrill.

The SAPURA JADE was ordered by Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill. She is the fourth in a series of five fully integrated pipelaying vessels that will be completely designed, engineered and built by IHC. After delivery, the SAPURA JADE is, like her sister vessels – the SAPURA DIAMANTE, SAPURA TOPÁZIO and SAPURA ÔNIX – destined to travel to Brazilian waters to develop deep-sea oilfields of up to 2,500 metres on behalf of Petrobras.

The 550t vessel – like the SAPURA ÔNIX – will be equipped with a pipelaying spread designed and built by IHC, and two below-deck storage carousels, with capacities for 2,500t and 1,500t of product respectively. A vertical (tiltable) lay system with a 550t top tension capacity will be permanently installed for the deployment of a range of flexible products, and the tower orientation allows for maximum deck space. A custom-designed IHC control system integrates each aspect of the pipelaying spread to ensure excellent levels of performance, safety and reliability.

"In 2012, we signed a contract with Sapura Navegação Marítima for two pipelaying vessels," says Arjan Klijnsoon, IHC’s Executive Director Marketing & Sales. "Then in August 2013, we signed another contract for a further three innovative vessels.

"With a total of five ships, Sapura Navegação Marítima has entrusted IHC with an impressive order – and overall project. The construction, launch and delivery of these vessels are on or ahead of schedule, and the performance of the first two working vessels is exceeding expectations. This proves that IHC is a reliable partner for such complex vessels, particularly considering that the other orders are also on target."

Additional information

 Type  550t pipelaying vessel
 Customer  Sapura Navegação Marítima
 Builder  IHC Offshore & Marine BV
 Length overall  145.9m
 Breadth moulded  29.9m
 Depth main deck  13m
 Draught (operational)  7.2m
 Draught (max)  8.3m
 Deadweight (operational)  10,727t
 Deadweight (max)  31,402t
 Accommodation  120 people