April 23 - Jumbo Shipping has ordered a second K-class vessel, with an option on a third, to complement its existing fleet, and will upgrade the lifting capacity of the vessels from 1,300 to 1,500 tonnes, enabling tandem lifts of 3,000 tonnes.

Jumbo claims that the two new ships will comfortably surpass the capability of other vessels in their class and asserts that this latest investment underlines the company's long-term commitment to its existing and new clients.

The company says that its strategy of continuing re-investment, renewal and development of its fleet is proceeding, as has been its practice for more than 40 years. To provide optimum and timely solutions to its clients needs, irrespective of transient economic and shipping market cycles. 

The K-class vessels are being built at the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia. The design incorporates Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A (thus ideal for projects in Arctic regions) and each vessel will be prepared for DP2 installation which, when fitted, will provide multi-facet installation support in the offshore sector enabling large and heavy structures to be loaded, transported and installed by a single vessel optimising project scheduling, safety and efficiency.

The first vessel is scheduled to be in active service in the autumn of 2013. The sister-ship will follow some six months later.

Artist impression of the new K-3000 vessel

The K-3000 heavy lift vessels have a lifting capacity of 3,000 tonne in tandem lift

The design of the K-3000 incorporates Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A