New Rolls-Royce standby vessel selected for Troll/Oseberg fieldsNews // August 30, 2002
The UT527 will be able to act as a standby and rescue vessel, and also undertake fire fighting operations as it will be equipped to FiFi I and II class. It will also serve as a first line emergency vessel and will have a speed of more than 20kt to take it quickly to the scene of an incident. The Havila vessel will also act as a first line oil recovery vessel to minimize spills.
Not least among its capabilities will be emergency towing capacity to enable it to tow drifting vessels clear of offshore structures. To this end, the propulsion system with conventional CP propellers and high lift rudders will give a bollard pull of about 100 tonnes and the winch will have a brake holding load of approximately 250 tonnes.
The superstructure is located almost amidships with the helicopter platform aft of it and daughter craft and FRC alongside it. There will be comfortable living quarters for 12 crew plus eight others and an additional 320 survivors can be accommodated. Adock in the aft body enables rescue craft to be hauled up the slipway and there will be additional side rescue zones.
A number of shipyards have been invited to tender for building this vessel but a contract has not yet been signed.