Anticipating more work in the offshore oil and gas and offshore wind markets, Roll Group has added another module carrier to its fleet
On 6 January 2020, Roll Group took ownership of 12,285-dwt BigRoll Biscay. The vessel is slightly smaller than the other module carriers in its fleet, BigRoll Bering and BigRoll Beaufort, but has a wider deck than the other RollDock dock-type vessels. The newly-acquired vessel was originally built in 2015.
Roll Group chief executive Adriaan Aarts said, “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 BigRoll Biscay is the next step in the development strategy of Roll Group.”
Although the new vessel is a little smaller in length than the first two BigRoll ships, it has many similarities. The flush cargo deck of BigRoll Biscay measures 123.8 m x 32.2 m, compared to 125 m x 42 m on BigRoll Bering and Beaufort. The overall deck load loading capacity of all of the module carriers is 20 t/m2. BigRoll Biscay is not ice-class certified but does have DP2 class dynamic positioning.
Roll Group chief commercial officer Peter Rondhuis said, “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. Our existing module carriers are DP ready and can be upgraded to full DP if required.”