ESNAAD becomes firm Middle East customer for UT-DesignVessel & ROV News // June 30, 2006
ESNAAD's UT780s are being built in Indonesia.
ESNAAD a wholly owned subsidiary of ADNOC, has become the first Middle East based ship owner to order a vessel of UT-Design from Rolls-Royce, and has ordered two Rolls-Royce UT780 anchor handlers in Indonesia, for delivery in January and February 2008.
Based on Rolls-Royce’s existing UT780, the 56m design been tailored to facilitate operation in high ambient and water temperatures.
In addition, 500 tonnes of cargo can be carried on deck, and a six tank, 190 cubic metres bulk system has also been installed.
Two Bergen C-series engines turning twin CP propellers will provide a bollard pull of around 60 tonnes. The bulk and mud systems are also configured to suit ESNAAD’s needs with the ability to handle three commodities separately.
“The first order in the Middle East marks another milestone in the long and successful history of the Rolls-Royce UT-Design, which has been around for over 30 years and which saw the 500th order concluded last year,” said Kjetil Leine, Regional Director Asia Pacific. "Built to service oil rigs in the developing North Sea oil and gas fields of the 1970s, other versions of the basic design have also proved to be just as adaptable in the search for new reserves including the extremely high ambient temperatures that prevail in Abu Dhabi’s coastal waters.”
Darwish Al Qubaisi, ESNAAD General Manager, said the UT concept enjoys a unique position. “If anyone mentions UT, everyone in the offshore industry knows what it is,” he said.
“ESNAAD has long term plans to replace 21 of its existing vessels... and this is the first phase of that programme. We are confident that the new UT780 will provide our customers with safe, efficient transport services and sustain ESNAAD’s long term business strategy to grow and penetrate new markets, while continuing to serve the oil and gas sector in the UAE."