IMO : 9464807
Build : 2009 by Construcciones Navales del Norte, S.L. – Sestao in Spain, nr ??
It’s been a long while since we had a Monster of the Seas posting here, not much suitable candidates have come forward lately but here we have a very worthy one! The Simon Stevin, a socalled Fall Pipe Vessel, used to bury all kinds of things on the seafloor under a nice layer of rocks. And she is hugh! Some numbers: 191,5 m long, 40.0 m wide, 14.5 knots, 24.350 KW installed power and a deadweight of 36.000 tons, she can carry 33.500 tons of rock which can be dumped at 2000 tons per hour on a maximum depth of 2000 m. Very impressive!
The stones are dumped via a pipe (diameter 1000 mm), the socalled fallpipe (hence the vessel’s type) from approx the middle of the vessel to the seafloor. On the seaflorr the end of the fallpipe is positioned using a large powerfull ROV to make sure the rocks are dumped at the place they need to be.
This vessel is supposed to be the largest Fallpipe Rockdumping vessel in the whole wide world, having the greatest loading capacity & the fastest and deepest dump capacity. A true Monster of the Seas then!
So to all the fishes and other underwater creatures out there: Beware for her and better start wearing a hard hat!