Ulstein group confirms details of Siem Offshore designVessel & ROV News // October 30, 2012
Ulstein group in Norway has confirmed that Siem Offshore has ordered an installation support vessel from Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, with an option for an additional vessel, and that the vessel will be constructed according to its design.
"The vessel, of SX163 design, will be used for installation, repair, maintenance and general service duties in the offshore renewable energy and the offshore oil and gas markets," said the company.
“The renewable energy market is a new segment for Ulstein, and we are very happy that Siem Offshore has chosen our design,” said the Managing Director of Ulstein Design & Solutions, Sigurd Viseth.
The 74m long vessel has a breadth of 17m and can accommodate 60 persons. It will be equipped with cranes and an active heave compensated gangway-type offshore transfer system for safe transfer of personnel to fixed and floating structures.
A diesel-electric propulsion system and two Voith Schneider Rudder ECS propeller units will ensure excellent performance with respect to fuel efficiency, speed and sea and station keeping.
The vessel, which has been developed in close cooperation with Siem Offshore, will be the first vessel of Ulstein design to be built by a Norwegian yard other than Ulstein's own shipyard in Ulsteinvik.
Since 1999, ULSTEIN has sold 88 designs, 63 of which have the characteristic X-BOW hull line design. The ship is scheduled for delivery in March 2014.