Kleven to build mining vessel for De BeersYard News // October 27, 2014
Kleven shipyard in Norway has signed a contract with diamond company De Beers Marine Namibia to build a specialised vessel for mineral exploration.
The first-of-its-kind vessel will be of MT 6022 design from Marin Teknikk and will have a range of tailor-made equipment and features.
"Underwater mineral exploration is a new segment for Kleven, and we look forward to working closely with De Beers on the realisation of this highly advanced vessel. We have had a strong cooperation with Marin Teknikk for many years, developing a number of prototypes together, and our offshore experience and expertise combined with De Beers competence and innovative strategy on this field has led to the development of this unique vessel," said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.
The contract is divided into two separate phases, with final subject to building approval in the first quarter of 2015. The vessel will be built at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and is to be delivered in June 2016.