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    DOF and Fugro order newbuilding

    News // August 25, 2000
    As this issue of Offshore Shipping Online was about to go live, District Offshore (DOF) ASA announced that it had entered into a newbuilding contract worth in the region of NOK 240 million with Aukra Industrier for a new ROV/survey vessel.
    The newbuilding contract was placed on the basis of a time-charter agreed with Fugro-UDI, part of the Marine Survey Division of the Fugro Group. DOF says the contract arises as a result of the excellent performance of the MV Skandi Inspector, which has been on time charter from DOF to Fugro-UDI since March 1999.The newbuilding is based on the MT6002 design, and is a further development of DOF's four existing vessels. The company says it anticipates the newbuilding will be one of the most sophisticated ships of its type when it enters service in June next year.The newbuilding is designed to provide ROV, survey, geophysical, geotechnical and construction support services. At 83.85m overall, the newbuild will be 76.80m between perpendiculars, with a breadth of 19.70m, and will have accommodation for up to 80 persons.She will be equipped with a 5.5m x 5.4m moonpool, a 19.5m x 19.5m helideck for Super Puma class helicopters, a heave compensated crane with lifting capability of 50t at 10m radius, and will have a cargo deck of 634m2.Classed by DNV, she will be fitted with four 2,500kW main engines, providing a total of 10,000kW, and will be equipped with two electrically driven 1,000kW tunnel thrusters, plus a single electrically driven azimuthing thruster. Notably, she will also bear DNV's CLEAN class notation.DOF owns and operates a fleet of 13 offshore survey vessels which are employed internationally, carrying out pipelaying, construction support, well stimulation, field support and supply services.Fugro-UDI already operates the Dynamically Positioned (DP) survey vessel Northern Prince, a total of nine remotely operated vehicles and a wide range of surveying and positioning systems.

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