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    Statoil charters new, safe anchor handlers

    News // October 12, 2006

    Havila and Solstad have secured charters for AHTS from Statoil.

    Charters worth NKr 1.8 billion, including options, for three anchor handling newbuildings, have been placed by Statoil with Solstad Offshore and Havila Shipping in Norway.

    In 2003, Statoil first challenged the offshore sector to come up with solutions which could reduce manual labour in anchor handling and enhance safety on deck.

    That move was prompted by Statoil’s desire to achieve a stronger focus on safety in order to reduce the number of incidents experienced with such operations.

    “This challenge was accepted by the industry,” said Terje Overvik, executive vice president for Exploration & Production Norway. "The ships we’re now chartering incorporate pioneering technology which enhances safe working as well as substantially reducing nitrogen oxide emissions.”

    These three vessels not only represent a major advance in terms of the working environment and pollution, but also use less fuel. Their multifunctional design means they can be used additionally for oil-spill clean-up, stand-by and supply services, and as mother ships for simple subsea operations.
    The charters awarded to Havila Shipping run for three years, with options for three one-year extensions, and cover two of the company’s large anchor handling vessels.

    Havila Mars and Havila Mercury are under construction at Havyard Leirvik in western Norway for delivery next March and July respectively. Havila Force vessel is due to start work in January 2007.

    Running for five years with three options for one-year extensions, the Solstad charters cover a ship developed by the owner in close cooperation with naval architect Vik-Sandvik.

    Normand Ferking unit is under construction at Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk in southern Norway for delivery in April next year.

    The three charters are worth NKr 1 billion for the firm periods.



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