A.K. Suda designs 300-foot truss-legged liftboat

Suda300 L4t

(METAIRIE, La.) — A.K. Suda has successfully completed the design of a 300-foot truss-legged liftboat. This vessel is being delivered to its owners in the first quarter of 2016. This vessel follows on the heels of the world’s largest pipe-legged liftboat, Suda 335-L3, delivered last year.

The new state-of-the-art vessel is a four-legged, self-propelled, self-elevating general service liftboat, known as Suda 300-L4T. It is ABS classed with Unrestricted Service, A-1, AMS. The hull dimensions are 164-by-98-by-14 feet. It has one leg encircling crane of 200 tons and a 70-ton pedestal crane. The quarters arrangement can accommodate 85 people including crew. It has a cargo deck area of 740 square meters, of which 450 square meters is rated for 10 tons per square meter and the balance for 5 tons per square meter.

This self-elevating unit is capable of working in water depths up to 236 feet. It also has a CAP 437 heliport, capable of supporting a
Sikorsky S76 or Bell 412 helicopter.

According to the firm’s chief executive, Ajay Suda, “In keeping with our tradition of providing cost-effective solutions, there were a number of innovations in this design, the most notable one being the specially design jacking unit housing that accommodates the traditional pipe-leg liftboat jacking system. Pipe-leg jacking systems are traditionally low-cost, high-endurance systems.”

In addition to the Suda 300-L4T hulls, also under construction are the 335-foot three-legged truss design Suda 335-L3T and the 320-foot four-legged truss design Suda 320-L4T.

By Professional Mariner Staff