Edison Chouest/Island Offshore order ULSTEIN construction vesselsVessel & ROV News // November 25, 2013
The SX125 design has a 400 tonne main crane.
Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore are ordering two new offshore construction vessels through Island Ventures II LLC. One vessel will be built at Ulstein Verft, Norway, one in the US.
Ulstein Verft has been contracted to build an OCV of ULSTEIN SX165 design. This will be the largest vessel built at the yard so far, as well as its largest single shipbuilding contract. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2015.
Island Ventures II LLC has also ordered design and engineering packages for the construction of an ULSTEIN SX165 design vessel at Edison Chouest’s own yard in the US. In addition, the agreement includes options. This will be the first ULSTEIN designed vessel to be constructed in the US.
“We look forward to adding these vessels to our fleet. The cooperation between our companies is excellent and we look forward to working with ULSTEIN on the construction of these multifunctional vessels,” said Gary Chouest, CEO of Edison Chouest Offshore.
Island Offshore’s current fleet includes four vessels from ULSTEIN. In addition, a construction vessel for Island Ventures II LLC is currently under construction at Ulstein Verft for delivery in June 2014.
The newly-developed SX165 design is 145.7m long with a breadth of 28m and can accommodate 200 people. It will have two cranes that can lift 400 tonnes and 140 tonnes, respectively. The design has a large moonpool measuring 11.2m by 12m plus two smaller moonpools with ROVs installed in a centrally located hangar. The vessel has three separate engine rooms. The vessels will be delivered in accordance with MLC2006. The ship has four lifeboats, two on each side. In addition, the vessel is equipped with SCR catalyst system for NOx emission reduction.