Netherlands-based Royal IHC has christened and launched the 550t pipelaying vessel, Sapura Rubi, in a ceremony held at its shipyard located in Krimpen aan den IJssel.

IHC is supplying its fifth fully integrated pipelaying vessel to Sapura Navegação Marítima, which performed the naming ceremony.

Sapura Navegação Marítima is a joint venture between SapuraKencana and Seadrill.

IHC completely designed, engineered and built all five vessels, including Sapura Diamante, Sapura Topázio, Sapura Ônix and Sapura Jade.

"The operational vessels, the Sapura Diamante, Sapura Topázio and Sapura Ônix, are all performing very well."

IHC marketing and sales executive director Arjan Klijnsoon said: "With these ships, Sapura Navegação Marítima has entrusted IHC with an impressive order.

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"The operational vessels, the Sapura Diamante, Sapura Topázio and Sapura Ônix, are all performing very well. With the launch of the final vessel, we have almost reached the end of a fantastic project."

According to IHC, the Sapura Rubi will be equipped with a pipelaying spread designed and built by it, in addition to two below-deck storage carousels, which have capacities for 2,500t and 1,500t of product respectively.

On behalf of Petrobras, the vessel will work in Brazilian waters to develop deep-sea oilfields of up to 2,500m.

The vessel will consist of a vertical (tiltable) lay system with a 550t top tension capacity that would be permanently installed for the deployment of a range of flexible products.

In order to spread improved levels of performance and safety, a custom-designed IHC control system integrates each aspect of the pipelaying.

Image: Royal IHC’s new pipelaying vessel Sapura Rubi. Photo: courtesy of Royal IHC.