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    Ulsteinverft describes "demanding conversion"

    Yard News // June 25, 2004
    Ulsteinverft shipyard in Norway has provided more information about the conversion of the Normand Cutter, which it recently completed for Solstad.

    "The conversion of Normand Cutter has been a pilot project. The vessel has undergone an extensive conversion, though it was the time we had available which presented the biggest challenge. The whole job was completed in a bit over six months," says project manager Roar Riise of Ulstein Verft AS.

    The converted Normand Cutter has now completed sea trials and returned to work, having arrived at the yard in December 2003.

    "Given what I know of our organisation, I wasn't in any doubt that we would get the job done. This extensive conversion was carried out in a very short time thanks to the fantastic efforts made by everyone involved in the production, construction and project management," says Roar Riise.

    "No less than 1,300 tons of new steel were to be added to the vessel. Ulstein Verft's division in Vanlyven, Norway, the Maritim Ltd yard in Poland, and Salthammer Båtbyggeri in Vestnes, Norway, were used to construct the steel sections in order to get the steel to Ulsteinverft quickly. They were used for the side tanks, base of the crane, new living module and ROV hangars," said Riise.

    "The most important part of the conversion was installing the 300 ton crane on the port side. It is an active heave compensating crane, and the largest of its kind. A new distribution room that provides electricity for the crane was also installed," saysthe project manager.

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