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    Naming ceremony held for Normand Maximus

    Vessel & ROV News // August 5, 2016

    Solstad Offshore held a christening ceremony for its newbuild OCV Normand Maximus at Vard Brattvåg shipyard in Norway on 15 July 2016. 

    Broker Seabrokers noted that Saipem has agreed to charter the 177.9m vessel for a period of eight years plus options following her delivery. The vessel’s hull was built at Vard’s Romanian yard, while the outfitting was carried out in Norway.

    Normand Maximus, a Vard 3 19-designed vessel, is equipped with a 550-tonne top tension vertical lay system enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in ultra-deepwater environments.

    The ship also comes equipped with a 900-tonne active heave compensated offshore crane and a 4,000-tonne under-deck carousel for storage of flexible pipes, cables, and umbilicals.

    Saipem will use the DP3 vessel for the execution of projects in challenging environments worldwide, with a particular focus on East and West Africa, Brazil, Australia, the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.

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