Island Offshore orders X-BOW construction shipNews // April 10, 2006
Island Constructor - the first OCV with the X bow design.
Ulstein Verft in Norway has been commissioned to build a large construction vessel with the new ULSTEIN X-BOW hullform for Island Offshore.
The ULSTEIN SX121 is the first special purpose vessel from Ulstein Design AS and will be called Island Constructor. The total value of the contract is approximately NKr 600 million.
“This contract with Island Offshore is a very important contract for the Ulstein Group as it reconfirms that leading shipping companies within the offshore industry believes in the new bow concept ULSTEIN X-BOW,” said Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.
“The ULSTEIN SX121 is the first vessel from Ulstein Design's S-series to be built,” said Tore Ulstein, president of Ulstein Verft and Ulstein Design.
“We have previously had two vessels of Ulstein design built at the yard, and our experience of both the quality of the vessels and cooperation with shipyard personnel has been so positive that we were keen to return,” said Island Offshore's president, Håvard Ulstein.
The vessel that Island Offshore has contracted will be able to carry out many types of operation. There will be ample space for special equipment, a large deck area, and a tower for well operations that can be installed at a later date.
The new vessel will be classified as an inspection, maintenance and repair/offshore construction vessel (IMR/OCV), and will be 120m long with a breadth of 25m. It will be fitted for 90 people, and will be equipped with, moonpool, an active heave-compensated offshore crane, ROV hangar, diesel electric power plant and a helicopter deck.
The vessel will be delivered in the spring of 2008.