NFDS Offshore 2 invests in large AHTSVessel & ROV News // April 23, 2014
NFDS Offshore 2 AS has entered into a shipbuilding contract for a large anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) with NorYards Fosen. The work will be performed at NorYards Fosen AS (Bergen Group Fosen AS). The hull will be delivered from Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries in China this summer, and is expected to arrive Fosen in September 2014. The delivery from the yard is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
The newbuilding is a sister vessel to the AHTS Boa Bison, which is currently under construction at the same yard with planned delivery in the second quarter of 2014.
The vessel is of VS 491 CD AHTS design, with an overall length of 91m, breadth of 22m, a bollard pull of minimum 285 tonnes and with an integrated ROV hangar. The vessel also comes with an upgraded ice class and thruster capacity compared with its sister vessel.
NFDS Offshore 2 AS is a subsidiary of Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskap AS, in which Boa Offshore holds a major stake. Boa Offshore will be manager and operator of the vessel.