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    October delivery for revolutionary PSV

    News // October 1, 2004
    Eidesvik in Norway is due to take delivery of the Viking Avant, the first example of the VS493 PSV from Vik-Sandvik in Norway, at the end of October.

    The hull was built at Aker Tulcea in Romania and is being completed at Aker Langsten in Norway.

    The VS 493 Avant is a completely new PSV design. Unlike a traditional PSV, the VS493 Avant accommodation module is placed aft, which Vik-Sandvik says will make for a more sea kindly vessel, with reduced movements, and reduced exposure to noise for the crew.

    The design has also given the naval architects freedom to optimise the foreship, producing a more fuel-efficient shape.

    With a length of 92.70m and breadth of 20.4m the deck cargo capacity is described by Eidesvik as "outstanding."

    Viking Avant is also interesting for a number of other reasons, not least because the vessel will also be equipped with an enclosed, stern-mounted slipway, which can be used to launch and recover rescue craft and lifeboats when the ship is also working as a standby vessel, and because the ship will also be diesel electric, and propelled by a pair of ABB's Azipod podded propulsors.

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