Largest semi-submersible crane vessel docs at Namport

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Largest semi-submersible crane vessel docs at Namport

Walvis Bay – The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) welcomed the world’s largest and most sustainable SSCV (semi-submersible crane vessel) in Namibian waters on Friday for a brief two-day layover as it makes its way to American waters.

The SSCV Sleipner is owned and operated by Heerema Marine Contractors.

The eight-legged horse vessel is equipped with two revolving cranes built by Huisman Equipment B.V., each with a capacity of 10 000 t (11 000 short tonnes); and the main cranes can be operated in tandem to jointly lift 20 000 t (22 000 short tonnes). It was ordered in 2015 and built in Singapore by Sembcorp Marine. After its completion in 2019, SSCV Sleipnir succeeded Heerema’s earlier SSCV Thialf as the largest crane vessel in the world.

Namport’s commercial service executive Elias Mwenyo said the SSCV Sleipner, which is currently sailing under the Panama flag, underwent essential procedures, including a quick rundown and provisionals facilitated through a launch, crew change and bunkering via STS (Ship-to-Ship)

“Notably, the SSCV Sleipner boasts its own propulsion system, eliminating the need for tugs to manoeuvre her across the global seas. Logistics Support Services is the vessel’s local agent, and following this initial call, SSCV Sleipner is set to embark on its journey to America for a designated job,” he noted.

Mwenyo added that SSCV Sleipner is expected to make a second call to the Port of Walvis Bay later in the year. 

He said Namport looks forward to a successful partnership with SSCV Sleipner, and reaffirms its commitment to facilitating efficient and seamless maritime operations in the Erongo region.

“Namport remains committed to playing a pivotal role in facilitating maritime trade and operations in the region, contributing to the economic growth and development of Namibia.”