Sudoimport Orders Jacket-Launching Barge From Blohm & Voss AG

Representatives of Blohm & Voss AG, Hamburg, West Germany, signed a contract in Moscow recently with the Soviet foreign trade organization, Sudoimport, for the design, construction, and delivery of a special service vessel for the USSR's Ministry of the Gas Industry. The vessel is a 26,800-dwt jacket- launching barge capable of transporting jackets up to 18,000 tons for offshore platforms from the building yard to locations in the Caspian Sea, and then lower the jacket on site under controlled conditions.

The barge will be 163 meters long, by 45 meters wide, and 12 meters deep (about 535 feet by 148 feet by 39 feet). Delivery is scheduled for mid-1983. Tliis is the second order Blohm & Voss has received from the USSR. Previously the company delivered the crane ship Aserbajdshan, with a lifting capacity of 2,500 tons, also for use in the Caspian Sea.

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