Shell takes delivery of ice class vessel Aiviq

Vessel & ROV News - May 9, 2012

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Towards the end of March, Shell Exploration and Production took delivery of Aiviq (eye-vik), a 360ft ice class anchor handler that will support Shell’s 2012 shallow water drilling programme off the coast of Alaska.

Aiviq is one of the most technically advanced Polar class vessels in the world and the first of its kind to be built in the US.

“This vessel is truly a monument to manpower and a symbol of how Shell is approaching the Arctic,” said Shell Alaska VP, Pete Slaiby.

“Aiviq is another example of our commitment to setting the bar in the Alaska offshore and employing thousands of workers along the way.”

Shell commissioned Edison Chouest Offshore to build the Aiviq and took delivery of the vessel at the company’s shipyard in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Aiviq means 'walrus' in the Inupiat language.

Over 2 million man-hours were dedicated to building the Aiviq which will join Shell’s drilling fleet in the Pacific Northwest before heading north to Alaska.

Aiviq's dimensions are 360ft x 80ft x 34ft. The vessel has a draft of 28ft 1in and speed in open water of 15 knots. In ice, the vessel has a speed of 5 knots.

Aiviq provides accommodation for 64 and has four CAT C280-12 diesels (each of 5, 444 bhp). The vessel has a massive fuel oil capacity (528,155 gallons).



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