On 19 December the first steel was cut for both DP2 B-Type vessels (mv Brouwersgracht and mv Bloemgracht) at the Mawei shipyard in Fuzhou, China. A week later the keel was layed.
These state-of-the-art vessels combine the intake of a multi-purpose vessel with a DP2, station-keeping ability of up to Bft 6, making it ideal for supplying large volumes and heavy cargo directly offshore. To obtain the fast, safe and efficient loading and discharge of pipes, both on and offshore, the vessel has a removable, automated, pipe-handling gantry crane installed.
The B-Type is also equipped with two Huisman 500 mt Heavy Lift Mast cranes, making her suitable for both heavy lift transportation and offshore installation. To fit in with Spliethoff’s continuous drive for greener operations, the vessel design is fuel-efficient and the propulsion and power generation systems are equipped with scrubbers and SCR systems.
With 12,500 mt deadweight, an open top notation, two tween deck levels and 5,900 m2 of total deck space, the intake of the B-Type is significantly higher than existing offshore supply vessels.