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    Sinopacific to build ULSTEIN X-Bow IMR vessels for Neptune Offshore

    Vessel & ROV News // April 28, 2008

    Neptune Offshore is to acquire two ULSTEIN SX130s.

    Ulstein Design in Norway has signed a contract for delivery of two design and equipment packages for its ULSTEIN SX130 design to the Sinopacific Group in China. The vessels will be built for Neptune Offshore in Fosnavåg, Norway.

    ”In co-operation with the ship owner, we have constructed a vessel that can conduct operations such as inspection, maintenance and repair in deep water. Neptune is a new customer for us. We are pleased that they want our ship designs and chose vessels with ULSTEIN X-BOW,” said Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of the Ulstein Group.

    ”The co-operation in the development process with the designer has been very good. Together with the maritime cluster, we have managed to get the solutions we need,” said Neptune Offshore's managing director Bjørn Endresen.

    The Ulstein Group will supply design, detail documentation and main equipment. This includes products such as main switchboards, bridge and control room consoles, ULSTEIN IAS, ULSTEIN COM, navigation equipment and the ULSTEIN PMS.

    Each of the vessels will be fitted with a moonpool and an integrated ROV hangar. The vessels will bear 'Clean Design' class notation, Comfort Class V3 and DP2.

    The vessels will also be fitted with a new solution whereby exhaust will be vented from the side of the vessel near the waterline, rather than through the wheelhouse and out of the roof. This gives a full, unobstructed 360º view from the wheelhouse.

    The new IMR vessels will be 88.8m long with a breadth of 19m, and are to be delivered early in 2010.

    Neptune Offshore was established in 2006, and is acquiring two of the ULSTEIN SX130 ships.

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