Intermarine’s services recently announced a two vessel increase in the number of multi-purpose heavy lift ships on order from Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) in Portugal. The services will now take delivery of six ships over the next two years with the first delivery scheduled for the end of July 2006. The remaining vessels are anticipated to deliver every 2 to 3 months thereafter. The long term charters were concluded by Intermarine’s principals, Industrial Maritime Carriers and Industrial Maritime Carriers Worldwide.
Designated as the Diamond Class, the first four vessels will be named Industrial Diamond, Industrial Destiny, Industrial Dawn, and Industrial Dream. The remaining two are yet to be named. The 8,000 dwt vessels will feature dual 250 metric ton cranes that may be combined for 500-ton lifts. With an overall length of 120 meters and beam of 20 meters, the ships will be the same size as the seven Century class vessels built by ENVC from 2000 to 2002 and presently employed in Intermarine services.
‘We have found this versatile, midsized project/heavy-lift carrier to be ideal for the customized voyage construction that we specialize in,’ commented Roger Kavanagh, President of Intermarine. ‘Over the past five years, this class ship has become the workhorse of our fleet and specifically requested by many of our clients.’
These new ships mark another step in a continuing vessel modernization program for Intermarine services.