Semi-Submersible Vessel Xiang Rui Kou carrying 20,500 tonnes

By Curious

The Semi-Submersible vessel Xiang Rui Kou made a demonstration of transportation of cargo weighing over 20,550 tonnes. The operation of delivering a FPSO(Floating Production Storage and Offloading) forepart to overseas owners. MV Xiang Rui Kou is a property of COSCO Shipping.

COSCO (Shanghai) provided the technical support during the operation working with the construction company COSCO (Zhoushan). The fore part of the transported construction was needed a lot of working hours to complete, but it was build at a high standard. This project confirmed the good work and cooperation among the Chinese shipyards. 

The forebody construction is long 151 meters, breadth - 54 meters, height 31.5 meters and 20,500 tonnes weigh. It is so far the biggest cargo ever transported by semi-submersible vessel Xiang Rui Kou. Joint work of the Chinese shipyards allows the completion of complex projects providing(engineering, construction, transportation, installation) to offshore product companies worldwide.

Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels known also as FPSOs, represent offshore production facilities that combine in one place processing utilities and storage for produced hydrocarbons. The main structure of most FPSOs represents a ship-shaped vessel, with processing equipment, or topsides, aboard the vessel's deck and hydrocarbon storage below in the double hull.

Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels are a good solution for saving money and they are the most efficient choice for development when the there is a lack of infrastructure for transportation of various maritime products. This marine technology is used for 40 years and was implemented in the North Sea, offshore Brazil, Asia Pacific, the Mediterranean Sea and offshore West Africa. 

FPSO's are safe for the environment and oil spills are usually human error.