First Moss 424 anchor handler joins Hartmann fleetVessel & ROV News // March 3, 2009
UOS Atlantis - first of a series of 12 new anchor handlers for Hartmann.
The MOSS 424 AHTS vessel UOS Atlantis was delivered by Fincantieri Shipyard in Muggiano, Italy on the 27 February, the vessel being the first OSV for Hartmann Group.
During the sea trials certified by ABS the vessel proved capable of a bollard pull of close to 200 tones and a maximum speed of about 17 knots.
Through mid-2010, 11 further vessels constructed to the same design will be delivered to Hartmann Offshore. Commercial management services for the fleet will be provided by UOS (United Offshore Support).
UOS Atlantis has been chartered by EDT Offshore Egypt to become part of BP Egypt's Mediterranean vessel fleet and to support BP’s offshore drilling activities.
Delivery of UOS Atlantis also marks the start of the Hartmann Group's operations in the offshore sector.
"The anchor handling tug supply vessels represent another pillar to the Group's activities and make us less liable to market fluctuations," explained chairman of the board Dr Niels Hartmann, noting that diversification of its fleet has become one of the Group's trademarks (the company also operates gas, product and oil tankers, container ships and multi-purpose freighters part of its fleet).
"This strategy has already proved its worth," he explained.