In light of upgrading its fallpipe vessel fleet, DEME has bought a bulk carrier to convert it into a DP fallpipe vessel. Pax Ocean Shipyards of Singapore will perform the conversion works, which are to start in late October.

DEME already operates the fallpipe vessels Flintstone, Rollingstone and Seahorse, which are used for rock installation. The Flintstone was built in 2011 and is the newest of the three. The Rollingstone and Seahorse were built in 1979 and 1983 respectively.

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The new fallpipe vessel will be fully compliant with the latest emission standards and feature the latest environmental technology, including a battery pack for best-in-class fuel efficiency and more sustainable operations.

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The vessel will be equipped with a central fallpipe system. In addition, a large, inclined fallpipe will be fitted in order to allow pre- and post-lay activities using rocks with larger diameters close to subsea structures. The new vessel is set to join the DEME fleet in the first half of 2024.

Picture: DEME’s fallpipe vessel Flintstone (by DEME).

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