Full steam ahead for UT designsNews // September 28, 2006
Among recent orders are this UT 712 L for Rem Maritime.
Today’s high level of offshore exploration and production activity has brought with it a corresponding demand for support vessels of all kinds. The result is an unprecedented order book for Rolls-Royce UT-Designs.
Currently, no fewer than 85 vessels of Rolls-Royce design are on order and of these 21 are scheduled for delivery before the end of 2006. Most of the others are for delivery in 2007 and 2008. In three cases contracts for series of vessels will provide work for yards into 2009, and the high level of order intake continues.
Owners have placed building contracts with yards in Norway, India, Singapore, Brazil, Italy and Russia.
In all, 17 different Rolls-Royce UT-Design vessel types are on order, with many variants of the basic types.
Among the platform supply vessels the UT 755 in its many versions remains a favourite, and many are now on order in India.
Anchor handlers cover a wide range of types, reflecting the Rolls-Royce policy of tailoring vessels to the customer’s requirements and geographical operating area.
Contracts for Rolls-Royce design and equipment package signed in the past few weeks include a UT 712 L AHTS for Rem Maritime, placed with Kleven Verft.
Two vessels of this type are already under construction at the same Ulsteinvik yard for the same owner. They will be 78.3m long, with a bollard pull of about 190 tonnes, accommodation for 28 people and a working deck area of 510m2.
Farstad Shipping has ordered a UT 751 CD PSV from Aker Yards, representing the 21st vessel contract between the two parties.
The hull will be built at Aker’s facility in Romania and fitted out at Aker Yards, Brevik, in Norway, with delivery sheduled for the beginning of 2009.
As the type number indicates, this Farstad vessel will have Clean Design notation, in common with a growing number of UT-Design vessels as reducing impact on the environment becomes a top priority.
Island Offshore has just ordered two offshore vessels also to be built by Aker Yards, Brevik. One is a UT 712 L anchor handler, a UT-Design that is becoming very popular. The other is a new generation supply vessel, a UT 776 CD, with diesel electric and pulling azimuth thruster propulsion.