Double Naming Ceremony Held At Far East Levingston Shipbuilding

Far East Levingston Shipbuilding Ltd. (FELS) held a double naming ceremony recently for the jackup rig Ekhabi and the crane vessel Ispolin being built for V/O Sudoimport of the U.S.S.R. Mrs.

F.I. Potapenko, wife of the U.S.S.R. Ambassador to Singapore, named the Ispolin, and Mrs.

Loh Wing Siew, wife of the managing director (Ship Repair Division) of Keppel Shipyard and former managing director of FELS, named the Ekhabi.

The Ispolin is a propulsionassisted crane vessel designed by FELS to the owner's requirements.

She has dimensions of 410 by 118 by 26.2 feet, and will be equipped with a 1,200/600-ton (fixed/fully revolving) crane, and will have provisions for future installation of pipe-laying equipment.

She will have accommodations for 120 personnel.

The 1,200-ton crane is the product of Kone and FELS cooperation, with the main boom and steelwork fabricated by the shipyard and machinery components supplied by Kone. All assembly, erecting, and testing is being done by FELS.

With the delivery of the Ekhabi, FELS will have delivered its 16th jackup rig and its 32nd mobile offshore unit. The rig has been built to the MSC CJ-50 design, and has capability to operate in areas with severe environmental conditions.

She is a cantilever, self-elevating unit, and has a triangular hull with three triangular, open-truss legs, each fitted with a spud can at the lower end. The hull is 210.6 feet long, 223 feet wide, and 26.2 feet deep. The total length of each leg with its spud can is 441 feet.

Jacking system is of the rack and pinion type. Accommodations are provided for 80 offshore personnel.

Both of these vessels have been built to comply with the relevant rules and regulations of the U.S.S.R. Register of Shipping and international maritime Conventions.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  May 15, 1984

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