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    Solstad AHTS to be built in Brazil

    Vessel & ROV News // October 15, 2004
    Norwegian shipowner Solstad has placed a contract to build a US$40 million anchor handling tug supply vessel in Brazil, according to Wagner Vikter, minister responsible for energy, shipbuilding and petroleum at Rio de Janeiro state government.

    Fairplay (www.fairplay.co.uk) said Vikter recently visited Norway and made the announcement on his return to Rio. The minister has been heavily involved in the resurgence of the Brazilian shipbuilding sector, and said the promise had been made after talks with Lars Peder Solstad, the president of Solstad Group.

    The AHTS will receive funding from the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), via Solstad's representative company in Brazil, Norskan do Brasil.

    Fairplay said it has not been decided which yard will build the vessel, but it will be built in Rio de Janeiro.

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