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    Ulstein Verft secures conversion contract from Solstad

    News // November 21, 2003
    Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway has signed a contract with Solstad Shipping to convert the Normand Cutter, a cable-laying vessel. The vessel will be converted for construction/pipe-laying, and the work will begin at the end of November/beginning of December, and will be completed in May.

    "The conversion is as large a job as a newbuild", says Tore Ulstein, Managing Director at Ulstein Verft AS. "There is more work with this project than with the largest of our ongoing newbuilds. In periods, all our employees are going to be involved", hereports.

    "Those working in steel will be especially busy", says Production Manager, Kenneth Pettersen, who said that the steel work will be divided between Ulstein and Maritime Ltd in Poland.

    The amount of new steel which will be used on the vessel is estimated at approximately 1,400 tons, mainly be for side sections, a large crane foundation for a 300 ton offshore crane and a new ROV/accommodation module.

    A new moonpool will be built, as well as a new stabilising tank. Both the main deck and the ship in general require considerable reinforcement in order to maintain the longitudinal strength.

    The hangar will be removed, and new equipment will be installed for pipe-laying.The Normand Cutter currently accommodates 70 persons, and will be upgraded to accommodate 114.

    After the conversion, its width will have increased from 23.4m to 27m.

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