July 05, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lankan shipyard Colombo Dockyard said it has laid the keel for construction of the third Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessel for Greatship India. The vessels can undertake multi-purpose roles such as transportation of pipes, fresh water, diesel oil, bulk cement, stores, equipment, moving men and materials between platforms and shore, and also engage in fire fighting. The vessel, part of an order of four, is designed to support the offshore oil and gas industry, the yard said in a statement.
The keel laying began on Thursday.
The yard’s order book stands confirmed without any cancellations enabling it to maintain its current momentum till the end of 2010, it said.
The Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessels for Greatship India are designed by Seatech Solutions International (S) Pte Ltd of Singapore.
The vessels, being built to Lloyd’s Register of Shipping rules and regulations, can accommodate 50 people, Colombo Dockyard said.