Best Ships Of 2016 DLV 2000
Heavy Lift, Pipelay Vessel
World’s First LNG Dual-Fueled Icebreaker This year saw the delivery of the world’s
first icebreaker capable of burning LNG as fuel, the I/B Polaris. Built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, the Polaris can operate in all ice conditions in the Baltic Sea. Classed by Lloyd’s Register as ice class PC4, the ship features an innovative design that enables it to operate in the most demanding icebreaking conditions. Polaris’ three-propulsion unit
concept is made up of three Azipod propulsion units rotating 360 degrees. The vessel, which can travel at a speed of 17 knots, is designed to operate on both low sulfur diesel and LNG. Its power system is provided by Wärtsilä. The Polaris can move continuously through 1.6 meter thick ice, and is capable of breaking a 25 meter wide channel in 1.2 meter thick ice at a speed of 6 knots.
The Ms Koningsdam
Holland America Line’s Largest Ship Coming in at 99,500 gross tons,
the ms Koningsdam is the largest ship—thus far—built for the Holland America Line fleet. The ship is also the first in a new class for the cruise line, the Pinnacle class. As Holland America Line (HAL) explains, the name of the class is significant as Pinnacle means “high point” and the ship represents a high point in the cruise line’s history. Koningsdam is also the first new ship for the operator in six years. The ship, built at Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy, shipyard, has capacity for 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members. It is fitted with 1,331 guest rooms, including the cruise line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families as well as single cabins.
Among the new exciting venues and entertainment options on board the Koningsdam is French seafood brasserie, Sel de Mer. If you’re looking for a farm-to-table option, Food & Wine magazine has teamed up with HAL to bring a fully immersive concept dinner experience onboard the vessel’s Culinary Arts Center. HAL also partnered with microgreen specialist Koppert Cress to grow fresh ingredients onboard the vessel’s Culinary Arts Center. In conjunction with New York’s famous Lincoln Center, HAL presents Lincoln Center Stage, where music will be played nightly. Beyond that, the cruise line’s Music Walk area will also feature Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blue Club.
With the end goal of increasing the versatility of its global fleet, McDermott International, Inc. has introduced its flagship, the Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 (DLV 2000) to the world. McDermott says the DLV 2000’s “combination of S-lay, heavy lift, large deck space and accommodation coupled with efficient transit speeds provide McDermott with a versatile asset that can effectively execute projects in all major oil and gas basins around the globe.” The class 3 dynamically positioned vessel is classed by ABS, and combines a 2,200ton revolving crane with a deepwater under deck S-lay pipelay system. The S-lay pipelay system is designed to install pipelines with diameters ranging from 4.5 to 60 inches in water depths up to 10,000 feet. The vessel was developed by Keppel’s design arm, Marine Technology Development, and can operate in severe weather conditions while maintaining thrust output and power distribution. “The flexibility and features built into the design of DLV 2000 will enable us to provide more value-added services to match the needs of the evolving market,” says David Dickson, President and CEO of McDermott. The vessel can accommodate up to 400 personnel to facilitate large hook-up and commissioning projects, has a fast transit speed and incorporates a large, 43,000 square foot open deck to allow the transportation and assembly of large subsea structures; enabling safe and efficient standalone operations in remote areas. The vessel can accommodate a deepwater, 500-ton flex-lay system that can be installed at a later date to meet specific market needs. Its dynamic positioning system is provided by Kongsberg.
December 2016 // Marine Log 17