Normand Flipper starts work in North SeaVessel & ROV News // February 28, 2003
Solstad said the ship's first assignment has seen her enter the BP Conoco Phillips Marine Pool, but in the longer term Normand Flipper is due to start work under a charter Saipem, working mainly as a pipe carrier from early April onwards.
Built by Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, Normand Flipper is a diesel electric ship with azimuthing thrusters and has been fully winterised to enable her to work in icy conditions. She therefore has deck and rail heating, and careful attention has been paid to spray protection of exposed equipment.
Normand Flipper is 88.6m overall, a moulded breadth of 18.8m, and a deadweight of approximately 3,500 tonnes on a draft of about 5.6m. The cargo deck has an area of 990m2 and up to 2,800 tonnes of cargo can be carried on deck. The ship has tankage for all normal supplies including 400m3 of dry bulk and 160m3 of methanol.