Dutch heavy offshore transport group Jumbo Shipping is adding to its fleet with a new vessel which is to be built in Croatia.

Jumbo Shipping has signed a deal with the Brodosplit shipyard in Split in Croatia for construction of the new vessel which it claims will be the strongest  heavy lift vessel in the world.

Designed with a length of 152.6 metre (500 feet) and a beam of 27.40 m n(90 ft), the new ship will be built with two 1,100 metric tonne cranes with up to 27.5 metres (90 ft) of outreach and it is due for delivery in March 2013 and to become operational by June the same year.

Jumbo also has an option to build a second vessel at the same yard.