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    Aker Brattvaag wins first contract without subsidies

    Yard News // October 4, 2001
    Aker Brattvaag has provided more details about the platform supply vessel that subsidiary Soviknes Verft is to build on behalf of Aberdeen-based George Craig group, the first contract won by the group without subsidies.

    Aker Brattvaag says Aker Tulcea in Romania will build the hull and the completed vessel is scheduled for delivery in March 2003.

    The contract with Søviknes Verft AS is for type UT 755 L/ROV PSV, a design developed by Rolls-Royce Marine.

    The vessel will be identical to the Highland Fortress, which was delivered by Søviknes Verft in July this year and is an enlarged version of the well-known UT 755 design. It will be equipped with an advanced Dynamic Positioning (DP) system to DP II standard, extended accommodation for 38 persons and moonpool for launching ROVs used in subsea work.

    North Star Shipping (Aberdeen) Ltd, a company owned by the George Craig Group, will be responsible for the operation and marketing of the vessel.

    JB Offshore, Surrey, brokered the contract.

    The contract will secure employment at Søviknes Verft AS in the time ahead and also give positive spin-offs to a number of local subcontractors and equipment suppliers.

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