THE DAWNING OF THE 'SUNRISE 2000'
The 10 045dwt heavy load module carrier MS SUNRISE has been converted into the state-of-the-art pipelaying vessel SUNRISE 2000 able to lay flexible line in deep water fields. The strong hull and its propulsion system of twin main engines were practically the only items that remained unmodified after the conversion. With the additional equipment necessary for its new role, together with the capacity to carry sufficient weight of stored pipe, it was necessary to alter the design draft of the vessel from 4.87m, to 6.28m. This fundamental change therefore necessitated the addition of a compartmentalised watertight shelter deck, complete with supporting structure placed 2.80m above the existing main deck. A new top platform/working deck was installed reaching another 7m above the new shelter deck. On the exterior, other main modifications included the installation of an outrigger structure to support the vertical laying spread to enable large diameter pipe to be laid in deep water. Four retractable aximuthing DP thrusters have also been included to assist in pipelay operations. The vessel was also installed with enhanced craneage, and flexible pipe storage facilities.
- J Offshore Technology, v 3 n 4, Nov 1995, p 27 [3 p]
- Publication Date: 1995
- TRT Terms: Heavy lift vessels; Ship conversion
- Candidate Terms: Pipe laying ships
- Old TRIS Terms: Sunrise; Sunrise 2000
- Subject Areas: Construction; Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00718658
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM