North Sea Giant – World’s Tallest Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV)

Owned and operated by the Norway based conglomerate North Sea Shipping, the North Sea Giant is an OCV (Offshore Construction Vessel). Designed by the Norway designing corporation Sawicon and built at the Metal Ships and Docks shipyard based in Spain, the North Sea Giant is regarded to be among the world’s tallest OCVs presently being operated.

Put into active operational duty in the month of April 2011, the OCV mainline of functioning involves constructions pertaining to extractions of minerals in the high seas. Along with this, the OCV can also be utilised for functionalities like laying of underwater cables and pipes and even dredging.

The vessel’s uniqueness stems from the fact that it can be used for a variety of offshore construction activities especially in the deeper sections of the oceans.

Vessel Specifications

  • North Sea Giant has a length of nearly 161 metres and a breadth of 30 metres with a draft of seven metres and a depth of nearly 11 metres
  • The OCV has a gross tonnage of 18,151 tonnes with a net tonnage of 5,441 tonnes and a DWT of over 35,000 tonnes
  • A crew of 120 people can be accommodated in the OCV

The North Sea Giant has been Level III graded by the international certifying authority DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and has been accorded with a ‘Clean Design’ certification.

This certification is issued to those vessels which consume relatively lesser amounts of fuel, thereby helping to preserve the ecology of the high seas.

Equipment Specifications

  • The OCV has two rooms for the purposes of recreation along with TVs and a movie theatre
  • The vessel also has eight rooms for official purposes along with one for conference purposes
  • A copter pad along with two garages for ROVs (Remotely Operated Vessels) also form a part of the vessel
  • Two cranes – measuring 400 tonnes and 50 tonnes – also constitute as a part of the equipment cache of the North Sea Giant
  • A moonpool measuring 7.2 metres lengthwise x 7.2 metres breadth wise also forms a main part of the vessel’s equipment.

Enabled with a Level III DP system, the OCV’s communication channels include VHF radios while state-of-the-art radar systems and ECHO systems form a part of its navigational assistance.

Through the North Sea Giant, great strides in the extraction-based construction aspect have been taken. Since the oceanic areas contain great reserves of required minerals in their depths, through eco-friendly vessels like this, it can be hoped to bring them to use without any problems whatsoever.

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  1. If she is built in a Spanish yard, can you please explain me why there is a Turkish Flag next to Norwegian, while she is launched?

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