Offshore Ship Designers books major AHTS order in ChinaNews // May 7, 2008
IMT Marine Consultants, a partner in the Offshore Ship Designers group, has been contracted to design a series of eight IMT 957 AHTS/utility vessels to be built at Qingao Qianjin Shipyard in Qingdao, China for Swire Pacific Offshore Pte Ltd. Delivery dates begin in 2010.
Neil Patterson, managing director of IMT said: "These are powerful and flexible vessels and we are pleased that a leading owner such as Swire has entrusted the design to us. It is the first time we have built these vessels in China, and we shall be able to make use of the resources of our OSD Shanghai design office for detailed engineering work and liaison with the yard.”
The IMT 957 will have 4,800hp, delivering 60 tonnes bollard pull on a vessel of 5 m length overall.
IMT has had a very successful first quarter 2008, booking a number of contracts for leading owners.
Vroon Offshore Ltd has taken up an option for a further two IMT 955-L standby vessels at Astilleros Zamakona, making the total number on order for Vroon to 15 vessels.
Pacific Offshore Engineering & Trading Pte Ltd (POET) has contracted two IMT 959 anchor handling tugs with a bollard pull of 90 tonnes. The 7,000hp vessels will be 60m loa and 16m beam.
Aberdeen-based North Star Shipping has taken up an option for another four IMT 948 standby vessels to be built at Astilleros Balenciaga.
Simon Møkster AS, Stavanger has taken the first option for an additional two IMT 955N FIFI-1 Field Support Vessels (FSVs) at the Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant, Yaroslavl, Russia.