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    Ulstein A801 anchor handlers to be built in China

    Vessel & ROV News // May 21, 2008

    GMG in China is to build 12 Ulstein A810 anchor handlers.

    Ulstein Design AS in Norway has reached an agreement with Guangdong Machinery Imp & Exp Co Ltd (GMG) to provide design services for 12 vessels of the ULSTEIN A801 design.

    “It has been a rewarding process to develop the ULSTEIN A801 design together with GMG, and we hope that this is the beginning of a lasting, productive co-operation,” said Ulstein Design's marketing manager Ove Dimmen.

    “The ULSTEIN A801 is an anchor-handling vessel with good supply capacities and a large working deck. The hull design is energy efficient and will provide good sea-keeping qualities,” Dimmen said.

    The ULSTEIN A801 has a diesel-electric propulsion system and a bollard pull of in excess of 75 tonnes. The DP 2 class vessel is 76.7m long, has a breadth of 15m, and has a deadweight approaching 3,000 tonnes.

    In addition to Ulstein Design, documentation for the 12 vessels will also be provided by other Ulstein Group companies in Norway, Turkey and China.

    “We are pleased to co-operate with Ulstein on this project and believe that, with Ulstein’s experience, GMG will provide the best solutions for these vessels,” said GMG General Manager Xiong Hong. “Even though diesel electric propulsion is not so commonly used in the Asian market, we expect that potential owners will see the benefits of lower fuel consumption and flexible technology.”

    The 12 vessels will be built in Guangzhou, China, with construction planned to commence in the second half of 2008 and first vessel delivery scheduled for the end of 2009.


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