General overview

The Saipem Group possesses a strong, technologically advanced and highly-versatile fleet and world class engineering and project management expertise. These unique capabilities and competences, together with a long-standing presence in strategic frontier markets, represent an industrial model that is particularly well suited to EPICi projects.
During the first half of 2011, the Saipem FDS 2 field development ship entered into service. Capable of operating at depths of up to 3,000 metres, the Saipem FDS 2 has a length of 183 metres, a moulded breadth of 32 metres and a moulded depth of 14.5 metres. It is equipped with a vertical tower with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes designed to J-lay sealines of up to 36" in diameter.
The FDS 2 can also lay pipes of the same diameter using S-lay mode, is equipped with the cutting-edge DP3 dynamic-positioning system, has a transit speed of 13 knots and can accommodate 325 people on board, in compliance with the most stringent international comfort standards.
Saipem’s fleet of technologically advanced vessels also includes the Saipem 7000, which is equipped with a dynamic positioning system, has a 14,000-tonne lifting capacity and is capable of laying subsea pipelines in ultra-deep waters using the J-lay system, which can handle a suspended load of up to 1,450 tonnes during pipelay operations, the Castoro Sei, capable of laying large diameter subsea pipelines, the Field Development Ship (FDS), a special purpose vessel used in the development of deep-water fields, equipped with a dynamic positioning system, a 600-tonne lifting capacity crane and a vertical pipelaying system capable of operating in water depths of up to 2,000 metres, and the Saipem 3000, capable of laying flexible pipelines and installing umbilicals and mooring systems in deep waters and installing subsea structures of up to 2,200 tonnes.
During the second half of 2011, the Karimun fabrication yard in Indonesia entered into service with construction works on various group projects.
Saipem also enjoys a strong position in the subsea market, thanks to its use of highly sophisticated technologies, such as subsea ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and specially equipped robots capable of carrying out complex deep-water pipeline operations.
Finally, Saipem is also active in the Leased FPSOi sector, with a fleet comprising the Cidade de Vitoria and the Gimboa, as well as the Aquila, which entered into service in December.