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    Soviknes and Brattvaag to build cable-layer and supply vessel

    News // April 21, 2000
    Ulstein Ship Technology has entered into contracts to supply designs and equipment worth in excess of NOK 70 million for two vessels to be built at two Norwegian shipyards - a cable-layer to be built at Soviknes Verft, and a supply vessel to be built atBrattvaag shipyard. The combined value of the contracts is NOK 5OO million.

    Soviknes Verft and Brattvaag Skipsverft have previously built 26 vessels based on UT designs from Ulstein Ship Technology.

    Soviknes Verft will build the cable-laying vessel for Rovde Supply. This will be a special-purpose vessel for laying fibre-optic cable at depths of up to 5,000-6000m and will be of UT design, type UT 746 C.

    The cable-layer is due to be delivered at the end of September this year. Rovde Supply has entered into a long-term contract for five years, with options, with CTC Marine Projects, who will use the vessel for laying and maintenance of fibre-optic cableson thecontinental shelf.

    "The market for cable-laying vessels looks promising," says Steinar Sivertsen Kulen, President of Marine Technology and Global Support. "There is a demand for vessels which can lay optic cables and we have high expectations of this market in the future".

    Brattvaag Skipsverft has signed a contract with the Norwegian company Consensus Trader AKS for the construction of a supply ship of UT design, type UT 755.

    The hull is to be built at the Tulcea Shipyard in Romania and the completed ship will be delivered in May 2001.

    Rolls-Royce group, of which Vickers-Ulstein is now a part, is to supply the design and equipment for both vessels from its production companies in Sunnmore, Norway. The equipment to be supplied includes winches, propellers, thrusters, steering gear,rudders and monitoring and automation systems.

    The Rolls-Royce group is also to supply engines from Ulstein Bergen.

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