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    New UT-Design vessel will enhance well economics

    Vessel & ROV News // October 19, 2005

    Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it has been awarded a contract for the delivery of the design and equipment for Island Offshore's new well intervention vessel Island Wellservicer.

    Island Offshore has entered a long-term contract with Statoil requiring a vessel capable of extracting more oil and gas from its wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

    The £70 million specialist ship is being built by Aker Yards, Langsten in Norway in a design and equipment deal worth around £8 million to Rolls-Royce.

    “Now it will be possible to able to extract 10 per cent more oil and gas from every single oil well in a cheaper, safer and simpler way,” said Island Offshore director Håvard Ulstein. “Previously we had to use rigs or platforms as a basis for these kind of operations.” 

    The new UT767CD is a development of Island Offshore's Island Frontier with the 'CD' designation standing for ‘Clean Design,’ which means that the vessel has been designed to meet the strictest official requirements regarding health, environment and safety.

    “The entire crew of 97 all have single cabins; all maintenance work will take place indoors and the bridge will be built to meet the highest standards of nautical layout and safety,” said Rolls-Royce's design director Svein Kleven.

    In addition to the UT-Design, Rolls-Royce will deliver four Bergen diesel engines, other propulsion equipment, deck machinery and automation systems.

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