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    Ulstein Verft secures contracts for two PSVs with X-Bow

    Vessel & ROV News // July 8, 2005
    Bourbon Offshore Norway has signed a contract with Ulstein Verft for the construction of two ULSTEIN PX105 PSVs that will be the first PSVs in the world with the ULSTEIN X-BOW.

    Earlier this year the same shipowner contracted the first anchor handling vessel with this type of bow.

    "When we signed the contract for an ULSTEIN AX104 anchor handling vessel in April, it was because we had great faith in the new hull shape. The extremely good results from the model tests for the anchor handling vessel convinced us that the ULSTEIN X-BOWis the way ahead for offshore vessels. We think there is even more to be gained from a PSV with this new bow, as these types of vessels are continuously in traffic. They work in a shuttle system between land and the platforms and have to be reliable also in bad weather. The seaworthiness with the ULSTEIN X-BOW is so good that a vessel could be in operation even when the weather means other vessels have to stay in port. Fuel consumption is also reduced," said Bourbon Offshore Norway's managing director,Trond Myklebust, who recently succeeded Jostein S‘trenes.

    Ulstein Verft's sales manager, Harald Moller, said: "Low angles of entry, no bulb, a converted bow and a hull that is drawn right up to the wheelhouse mean that there is no slamming or spray on deck. The good seaworthiness will make the vessel a fantastic place to work."

    The newbuildings will also be the first offshore vessels in the world that satisfy CLEAN DESIGN class requirements that are also fitted with diesel electric propulsion.

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