Nautilus New Era, the world’s first 227-meter subsea mining vessel, successfully launched on March 29. Andy Lipman, ABS Greater China Division District Manager of Hua Dong (China East), was invited to attend and make a speech at the launching ceremony.
The subsea mining vessel, constructed by Mawei Shipbuilding for MAC, is the largest offshore construction project in the Fujian area in terms of size and value. The innovative design integrates functions, including subsea exploration, mining, and mineral pretreatment and is equipped with a mining system, mineral lifting system, dehydration system, and loading/unloading system. The advanced diesel-electric vessel will be classed as ABS DPS – 2 EHS – F, will be Tier III compliant and will be able to work in and traverse ECA areas.
With 15 years of collaboration with ABS, Mawei Shipbuilding has built more than 100 vessels, including state-of-the-art offshore support vessels, a compact semisubmersible, a diving support vessel, asphalt carrier, and this recently launched subsea mining vessel.