Conoship International has signed a contract with Mawei Shipyard for the design of two multipurpose B-type vessels for its client, Spliethoff Group.

As HLPFI reported here, Spliethoff signed contracts with China’s Mawei Shipyard for the construction of two DP2-enabled B-type vessels earlier this year.

The Brouwersgracht and Bloemgracht are slated for delivery in October 2021 and February 2022.

Conoship said: “This state-of-the-art ship combines the intake of a multipurpose vessel with a DP2, station-keeping ability of up to Bft 6, making it ideal for supplying large volumes and heavy cargo directly offshore.

“To obtain the fast, safe and efficient loading and discharge of pipes, both on and offshore, the vessel has a removable, automated, pipe-handling gantry crane installed. The B-type is also equipped with two Huisman 500-tonne heavy lift mast cranes, making her suitable for both heavy lift transportation and offshore installation.

“With 12,500 tonne deadweight, an open top notation, more than 2,875 sq m of cargo deck space, two tweendeck levels and 5,700 sq m of total deck space, the intake of the B-type is significantly higher than existing offshore supply vessels,” Conoship added.

Amsterdam-based Spliethoff has also ordered four lo-lo vessels and three ro-lo vessels from Chinese shipyards, with Conoship delivering the design for all of these ships as well.