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    Aker Yards to build DSVs for DOF

    Vessel & ROV News // June 27, 2006

    Aker Yards has entered into a contract with District Offshore (DOF) ASA for the construction of a Diving Support Vessel (DSV), and into a contract with DOFCON and Technip for a second DSV.

    Aker Yards is to build a 106m DSV for DOF, based on an Aker Yards design, the Aker DSV06. The vessel is scheduled for delivery from Aker Yards' Søviknes shipyard in the spring of 2007.

    The newbuilding will occupy a construction slot originally designated for a large PSV, the delivery of which has been delayed to 2008. It will be mostly dedicated to the UK sector of the North Sea and will be equipped with a 150 tonne crane and all equipment necessary to support both IRM and subsea construction projects.

    Aker Yards is also to construct and deliver a large DSV based on the Aker Yards' Aker OSCV-06L DSV for DOF and Technip.

    The vessel will be also be delivered by Søviknes shipyard, and will be the subject of an eight-year charter contract with Technip, aimed mainly at the Norwegian market.

    This vessel will, the yard claims, be world's most advanced DSV and will support Technip's frame agreement with Statoil.
    The vessel is 153m in length and will be equipped with a diving system and a crane of 300 tonness capacity, plus a 24-man dive system built to the Norwegian standards. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for autumn 2008.

    The parties have agreed not to disclose the terms.

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