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Netherlands: Launch of the Seven Rio

Royal IHC successfully launched Subsea 7’s Seven Rio on the 28th November 2014.

Royal IHC (IHC) has today successfully launched Subsea 7’s 550t pipelaying vessel, Seven Rio, at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The vessel was named in a ceremony was performed by Mrs Anelise Lara, Petrobras Executive Manager for the Libra Project.

The Seven Rio has an overall length of 146 metres, a beam of 30 metres and a Class-2 dynamic positioning system. The vessel is equipped with a vertical (tiltable) lay system – with a 550t top tension capacity – and twin ROVs. She is fitted with two under-deck storage carousels with a capacity for 2,500t and 1,500t of product respectively. The construction of the Seven Rio was completed comfortably on schedule.

“The launch of the Seven Rio is yet another milestone in the long and successful cooperation between Subsea 7 and IHC,” said Arjan Klijnsoon, managing director of IHC’s offshore division.

Subsea 7 chose IHC for the construction of this vessel, citing the company’s strong track record in vessel delivery and quality of service. The Seven Rio is the second of four vessels specifically ordered to operate in Brazilian waters and follows the Seven Waves into service with Petrobras– this latter vessel being delivered ahead of schedule. The pipelaying flotilla working in Brazil for the Latin American giant will be completed by the addition of the Seven Cruzeiro and Seven Sun which are due to be launched in 2016.

Further vessels constructed by IHC include: the Seven Oceans (a pipelaying vessel completed in 2007); the Seven Seas (a pipelaying vessel completed in 2008); the Seven Atlantic (a dive support vessel completed in 2009); and the Seven Pacific (a pipelaying vessel completed in 2010).


Additional information

Name: Seven Rio

Type 550t pipelaying vessel
Length overall 145.9m
Breadth moulded 29.9m
Depth main deck 13m
Scantling draught 8.5m
Summer draught 8.3m
Deadweight (operational) 7,025t
Deadweight (max) 11,312t
Accommodation 120 people

For more information please contact:

Ms Katja Jansen
PR and Communication Manager
IHC Merwede Holding B.V.
T + 31 184 43 61 78
M + 31 62 321 22 55



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