October delivery for revolutionary PSVNews // October 1, 2004
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.