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    Vroon provides update on AHTS newbuild programme

    Vessel & ROV News // December 17, 2015

    Construction of a series of six anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels for Vroon is currently underway at Fujian Southeast Shipyard (FSES) in Fuzhou, China. The first of the vessels, VOS Challenge, was launched in early December; the keel-laying ceremony for VOS Chance, number three in the series, took on 30 November 2015.

    The AHTS vessels are based on designs developed by Vroon, reflecting client specifications, market requirements and our in-house offshore experience. The 65m vessels incorporate 425m2 clear deck space and what Vroon describes as "hotel-type" accommodation for 39 crew and clients.

    They are SPS coded and equipped with FiFi 1, DP-2, class-leading anchor-handling and towing winch (1,500m x 64mm) and 85 tonne bollard pull. In addition, they have 2 x 10 tonne super-silent bow-tunnel thrusters and 1 x 8 tonne stern thruster, for greater manoeuvrability. The vessels are fuel efficient and comply with all latest safety requirements.

    VOS Challenge is scheduled for delivery to the company in spring 2016, with her sister vessels following later in the year. All six vessels will operate in Southeast Asia.

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