Fjell departs MaltaVessel & ROV News // May 19, 2009
Fjell submerged. The vessel has now begun work.
Fairstar Heavy Transport has announced that the submersion test of its self-propelled semi-submersible vessel Fjell was successfully executed on Sunday May 17th in Malta under the scrutiny of representatives of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). DNV has issued Certificates of Class to Fairstar. The vessel is now qualified to operate as a fully-certified semi-submersible heavy transport vessel.
Willem Out, Managing Director Fleet, said: "Throughout the test, the stability of the ship and the control of the de-ballasting and re-ballasting were outstanding. Fjell will be able to provide our clients with an extremely safe and reliable vessel for the transport of their high-value cargoes."
Fjell departed Malta on Sunday night and was scheduled to arrive in Trapani, Sicily on Monday May 18th. While in Trapani Fjell will be used to transport and launch a 7,000 ton chemical tanker. The operation is expected to take five days.
Fjell will depart immediately afterwards for Lobito, Angola where she will load a cargo of steel superstructure components for transport to the DSME yard in Okpo, Korea.
Philip Adkins, Fairstar's CEO commented: “The Fairstar team has finished its work in Malta. The conversion is complete. We have paid the last invoice to our friends at Malta Shipyards and the account is settled. Fjell has departed Malta and will be generating revenue immediately."
"I am extremely proud of everyone at Fairstar and grateful to our shareholders, bankers, bondholders and clients. It is impossible to understate the perseverance and passion that have motivated our team for the last three years. We have fulfilled our promise to complete the conversion of Fjord and Fjell in Malta."
"There have been many desperate moments throughout this period when uncertainty and disappointment could have overwhelmed us. Nevertheless, failure was not an option. It has been a privilege to work with the men and women at Fairstar as well as our sub-contractors in Malta. We appreciate the patience and trust the market has given us. Now it is our intention to focus our energy towards the goal of setting the highest standards of safety, reliability and operational excellence within the heavy transport industry, enabling us to enhance the value of our business and create consistent returns for our shareholders."