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    Olympic orders two large AHTS/construction vessels from Ulstein Verft

    Vessel & ROV News // January 2, 2007

    Olympic Shipping in Norway has ordered two large anchor handling/construction vessels from Ulstein Verft.

    The vessels are of the ULSTEIN A122 design from Ulstein Design, which will be the largest anchor handling vessels ever built and delivered by Ulstein. The value of the contract is approximately NKr 1.3 billion.

    “We are satisfied with the two ships we received earlier from Ulstein, and have two newbuildings under construction there now. All of these vessels are operating, or will operate, in anchor handling and subsea operations. Now, as we order two combination vessels, it is to strengthen our skills towards the market we operate in,” said Stig Remøy, President of Olympic Shipping.

    “The vessels are environmentally friendly because they have Clean Design and halve the energy consumption in important operations. Much labour has been put into creating safer working conditions on deck. These are important focus areas to us”.

    Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein group, said she was "very happy" that Olympic has once again chosen Ulstein to build advanced anchor handling vessels.

    “The new contracts demonstrates that the solid relationship between Olympic and Ulstein is important when developing vessels for tomorrow’s demanding marine operations. Ulstein´s strength lies in keeping design, engineering, electronic and production in one group. Being able to coordinate our resources to create projects like these make us an interesting cooperating partner,” she said.

    The vessels will be the first with a hybrid propulsion system developed by Ulstein Design. The hybrid system allows the vessels to switch between diesel mechanical and diesel electric propulsion, and to combine the two in hybrid mode in order to achieve maximum pulling power. This makes the vessels more economical and environmentally efficient.

    "The ULSTEIN A122 is a multi-purpose vessel for many different operations,” said managing director in Ulstein Verft Karsten Sævik. "A vessel of this kind spends a considerable amount of time waiting for its next job, and then there is much to save by using diesel electric propulsion. When the vessel sails in transit, it is an advantage if it uses its diesel mechanical propulsion as it loses less propulsion effect at medium speeds."

    “When Olympic gets the new vessels in March and October 2009, they will receive highly modern vessels to execute demanding jobs. Both vessels will be equipped with a highly impressive winch from Rolls-Royce with a huge 500 ton drum and two 450 ton drums. The vessels are prepared for a 250 ton offshore crane and two different kinds of A-frames. They have DP2 (dynamic positioning) and an ROV garage. The vessels can accommodate 68 workers," explained Harald Møller, deputy managing director at Ulstein Verft.

    The Ulstein group will also undertake extensive work on the electrical side: Ulstein Elektro will deliver ULSTEIN COM, ULSTEIN IAS, switchboards, desks, motor control centres (MCC), engine starters and navigation and communication components for the newbuilds.

    The vessels will be 93.8m long and 23m wide, with bollard pull of more than 250 tons. 


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