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    Broker reviews newbuildings

    News // February 23, 2001
    Newbuildings continue to be ordered at a high level in North-West Europe, the US and elsewhere, reports Offshore Shipbrokers in Aberdeen.

    Apart from DOF, who have ordered two RMT6000 PSVs against its long-term contract with Shell, Toisa Limited has ordered an enlarged version of their Toisa Perseus type from Van der Giessen de-Noord. The vessel, which is 20m longer than the Perseus, will be delivered May 2002.

    Edison Chouest in the US is to build what is claimed to be the worlds largest AHTS. With a length of 106m, deadweight of 6500 tonnes, 600 tonnes winch, 30,000bhp and a bollard pull of 360 tonnes the vessel will be able to operate in water depths in excess of 11,000ft.

    Edda has placed an order for a MPSV of the VS498 type with Flekkefjord Slip for delivery in May 2002.

    Swire Pacific had ordered four AHTS vessels of the UT710 design with 10,500bhp from Brevik Shipyard in Norway, with deliveries scheduled for May, October, December 2002 and March 2003. In addition, they have declared their two options in Korea for the UT738 AHTS.

    Stirling Shipping Company Limited have placed an order for a new AHTS of the VS 475 design with BAe Systems on the Clyde for delivery February 2002 with an option for a second vessel for delivery May 2002.

    Chuan Hup have ordered two UT719 AHTS of 5,400bhp at Pan United Singapore at a reported cost of $10.5 million each.

    Tidewater has placed an order valued at about $305 million for 12 newbuilds. Four will be built at their own shipyard, Quality Shipyard LLC, whilst the others will be built in the Far East. The vessels to be built in the Far East will be five AHTS each in excess of 20,000bhp and three PSVs. The US-built vessels will be PSVs.

    Maersk have placed an order for four large AHTS, two with Volkswerft Stralsund, Germany which will be sister vessels to the Maersk Assister and will be delivered first half 2003, plus two UT722L ordered from Langsten AS Norway for delivery in the first half of 2002.

    Solstad has purchased 50 per cent of the UT737 building for Island Offshore at Soviknes as well as taking 51 per cent and 25 per cent of the vessels building for Explore 1 and 2 K/S.

    Rovde Shipping has placed an order at Kleven Verft for a multi purpose support vessel of the ST2564 design.

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