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    Normand Flower fitted with Compact Azipod

    Vessel & ROV News // October 11, 2002
    The christening of Island Offshore's Normand Flower took place in Norway on August 31, marking the delivery of one of the world's most advanced multipurpose offshore vessels, one equipped with ABB's Compact Azipod propulsion system.

    Normand Flower, built by Søviknes Verft, part of the Aker Brattvaag Group, has an overall length of 93.10m, deadweight of 4,100 tons and accommodation capacity for 140 people.

    Featuring a DP-3 classification, the vessel has extremely high safety standards that allow for advanced offshore support services on a global scale.

    ABB's scope of supply to M/S Normand Flower includes a total package solution consisting of two 2.3 MW Compact. Azipod Propulsion Systems, power generators, switchboards, thruster drives, power management, joystick and a Class 3 dynamic positioning system.

    Normand Flower is the second in a series of three vessels ordered by Island Offshore from Søviknes Verft, and ABB will deliver a complete integrated electrotechnical solution, including Azipod propulsion, to all of them.

    The Compact Azipod System is well suited for vessels utilizing dynamic positioning, providing enhanced maneuverability and safety, fuel savings, and reduced noise and vibration.

    According to Håvard Ulstein, CEO of Island Offshore, the Normand Flower may have the lowest noise level of any ship ever built in Norway.

    The Normand Rover, delivered to Island Offshore in November 2001, has now been in operation for almost a year, and the ship owner and the operator, Solstad Offshore, confirm very positive experience - both in terms of technical operation and economy.

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