Norway: World's Largest Pipe Laying Vessel AMC Connector Enters GMC Yard

The AMC Connector is known as the largest and most advanced cable- and pipe-laying vessel for deep ocean operations. The vessel will be docked at GMC Yard in Buøy outside Stavanger until March 11th 2012.

The 156-meter long multi-purpose vessel, AMC Connector, is an advanced ship with a high cargo capacity, a variety of special equipment and more than 190 kilometres of cable length. GMC Yard has been commissioned for modifying the ballast tanks and building sponsoons under the hull. Work to be carried out includes adding a new auxiliary keel, installing a new stabilising tank and a new VLS tower on the vessel.

The job is shared between GMC Yard, STX in Florø and the ship owner, Aker Marine Contractors. All already have workers on site for the stay in Buøy,” says Operations Manager Kjell Olsen of GMC Yard. A total of 200 people are engaged in modifying the AMC Connector in this period.

GMC Yard has docking capacity for vessels up to 280 meters, and the AMC Connector has no problem fitting into the large Dock 2 at Buøy. The vessel will be used for laying the power cable from land to the Goliath-field in the Barents Sea.

Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, February 21, 2012; Image: gmc

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Posted on February 21, 2012

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