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    Ulstein Verft provides update on latest Solstad OCV

    Vessel & ROV News // August 25, 2005

    Ulstein Verft AS in Norway, which has been has been commissioned to build another large offshore construction vessel (OCV) for Solstad, has provided more details about the project.

    Ulstein Verft says vessel will be delivered in May 2007. "We have a tight delivery schedule ahead with deliveries of new builds every second or third month, but we appreciate having a lot to do,” said Harald Møller, Ulstein Verft’s sales manager, noting that the new vessel is around the same size as newbuild number 271 at the yard, Normand Installer, which is currently under construction at Ulstein Verft, and is one of the largest projects at the yard so far. Vik-Sandvik is responsible for the design of the new vessel.

    "This vessel will be a few metres longer, otherwise the differences have more to do with its outfitting," Mr Møller explained. "The vessel is going to be used for offshore construction work and will, among other things, be equipped with a moonpool, a 250 tonne heave compensated crane, and Class 3 dynamic positioning (DP3). It will have diesel electric propulsion."

    With a length of 130m, beam of 28m and steel weighing around 5,700 tonnes the vessel will loom large in Ulstein Verft’s dock hall.

    The hull will be built at Maritim-Shipyard in Poland, while the superstructure will be built at the Ulstein Verft’s Vanylven department.

    Solstad Shipping has decided to focus very strongly on the offshore construction market. Of the company's current fleet of 40 vessels, nine are PSVs, while the other 31 are anchor handling vessels or OCVs.

    "We are concentrating on becoming one of the leading operators within the construction market. We believe that future growth in the offshore industry will take place outside the North Sea. As far as we are concerned there will be fewer supply tasks, instead the number of construction and subsea tasks will increase,” said Lars Peder Solstad, Solstad’s managing director, noting that Solstad had chosen Ulstein Verft because the yard had demonstrated an ability to build advanced vessels in an agreed timeframe.


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