China commissions deepwater multifunctional ship

A multifunctional deepwater ship built for a 3,000-meter deepwater jumbo oil drilling platform was delivered Friday in east China’s Jiangsu Province.

Designed by Rolls-Royce Marine and Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, the “Offshore Oil 691” ship was backed by investment of more than 800 million yuan or about 126 million U.S.dollars.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE) YANG ZHIGANG, Chairman, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group
“The highlight of the ship is that it has a 366 ton towing capacity, allowing it to tow any oil drilling platform in the world.”

The ship, which comes in at 93.4 meters long and 22 meters wide, is equipped with a 100-ton active heave compensation crane, a helicopter deck and other advanced facilities.

The ship can undertake water and oil supply missions and support underwater robot missions. It can also collect floating oil and carry out fire control work.

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