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Neptune Adds Multi-Purpose Pontoon

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Laxman Pai

Dutch shipbuilder and charter fleet operator Neptune Marine has added a new pontoon to its already extensive fleet. Built by Neptune Marine, the NP 459 is a versatile, multi-purpose pontoon of 82.5 metres in length, a beam of 27 metres and a depth of six metres. Its size and specification make it ideal for a wide range of offshore as well as coastal projects.

Among its many potential uses, the NP 459's technical excellence, stability and high QHSE rating make it perfect for use as an accommodation barge. SPS-classed, air-conditioned accommodation for up to 60 people plus four offices and a mess room is available. This can be upgraded to a maximum of 96 persons.

The NP 459's 8-point mooring system in combination with its spacious and strong - 20 tonnes per m² - working deck makes it a versatile and predictable platform. After it first assignment, its station-keeping capability will be further enhanced with the addition of a DP2 system with retractable thrusters for projects that require the maintenance of a dynamic position.

Other features include the ability to mobilise the pontoon with project-specific equipment such as fixed and crawler cranes, carousels up to 24 metres diameter, boat landings and other maritime-related equipment. This capability enables it to undertake a wide range of other projects such as offshore construction, salvage, renewables support, cable lay/repair and general transport of up to 4,000 tonnes in total.

Due to the cooperation between Neptune Marine and its subcontractors, Neptune has been able to mobilize the NP459, for its first assignment within a very short time frame, at its facilities in Hardinxveld. The NP 459 has departed for its first assignment mid-May.

The NP 459 joins Neptune Marine's extensive fleet of pontoons and barges, the majority of which have been built at its own yards. They vary in size from 30 to 100 metres and are available both for sale and for charter.

May 27, 2019



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