Roll Group has expanded its fleet with the addition of a 12,285 dwt module carrier.
Measuring 146 m in length, and with a width of 32 m, the ship is slightly smaller than the current module carriers in Roll Group’s fleet – BigRoll Bering and BigRoll Beaufort. Originally built in 2015, the ship will soon be painted in the company’s livery and renamed BigRoll Biscay.
Adriaan Aarts, Roll Group ceo, commented: “We are convinced this is a good investment considering the improving outlook for the years ahead. We expect many developments in the near future and have identified a need for additional tonnage to serve our clients in the oil and gas and offshore wind markets.
“Our current module carriers are perfectly suited to serve these markets but given the large scale of some of the upcoming projects, further expansion of our fleet is necessary. The acquisition of the BigRoll Biscay is the next step in the development strategy of Roll Group.’’
The cargo deck of BigRoll Biscay measures 123.8 m x 32.2 m and has a deck load capacity of 20 tonnes per sq m. While the vessel is not ice-class certified, it does feature DP2 capabilities. Peter Rondhuis, Roll Group chief commercial officer, explained: “This new vessel will enable us to serve clients that require DP capabilities for their projects and also provides more flexibility and back-up for our existing fleet.”
In the coming years Roll Group said that it intends to further expand its fleet and heavy lift equipment, as well as strengthen its organisation through carefully selected partnerships in order to handle larger scale projects.