Chinese yard Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) cut first steel on 1 September 2021 for the latest hull of a floating production, storage and offloading vessel under SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward concept.

It is the fourth generic Fast4Ward multi-purpose floater (MPF 4) hull built by SWS for SBM and one of six such units built in China. The construction of MPF4 is based on a contract offered by SBM in March this year and the hull is scheduled for delivery in 2023.