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    Ulstein Verft to complete Solstad anchor handler

    Yard News // July 15, 2009

    Ulstein Verft is to complete the AHTS left unfinished by Karmsund.

    Ulstein Verft in Norway has won a contract with GIEK and Sparebank 1 SR-bank to cpmplete construction of a large anchor handling vessel for Solstad. The ship was being built at Karmsund Maritime Service AS, now bankrupt.

    “Solstad was an important customer for Ulstein for years, and this allows us to resume the close collaboration we had previously. We’ve worked together on several prestigious projects earlier, including the building of Normand Installer and the Normand Seven, the latter voted Ship of the Year in 2007. We look forward to the further development of our relationship with Solstad,” said Ulstein Verft's managing director Karsten Sævik.

    The VS 490 AHTS model-vessel from Wärtsilä Ship Design will have a deadweight of 4,500 tonnes, is 91m long with a breadth of 22m, and will accommodate 58 people.

    Work on the hull ended with Karmsund’s bankruptcy, but the vessel will be towed to Ulstein Verft in mid-August.

    “Completing such a project is demanding, but with our expertise and capacity, Ulstein Verft is well positioned to carry it out,” said Mr Sævik.

    “Our arrangement with Eidesvik to delay build numbers 285 and 286 gave us an opening to take on more work in the period that build number 290 will now fill. The ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2010. This job is important, particularly for our engineering department, which otherwise would have had less work after autumn 2009. The project will also be important for the yard’s other areas,” Mr Sævik concluded.


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