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    Siem Offshore takes delivery of first VS 491 CD anchor handler

    Vessel & ROV News // September 23, 2009

    Siem Offshore has taken delivery of its first VS 491 CD AHTS Siem Pearl from the Norwegian yard Kleven Maritime.

    The vessel is the first of eight similar vessels to be delivered to Siem Offshore from the same yard.  An additional two vessels will be delivered to a partner of Siem Offshore, but operated by Siem Offshore as part of a fleet of 10 sister vessels.

    Siem Pearl is a large AHTS, with a length of 91m and a beam of 22ms. She is designed for towing and anchor handling, deep water inspection and construction support with a focus on safe operations and on the environment. 

    The vessel has approximately 28,000bhp, a continuous bollard pull of 285 tonnes, winches of 500 tonnes, accommodation for 60 and regular supply and support capacities.

    The vessel was designed with focus on safe operations and is equipped with a Triplex Muli Deck Handler (MDH) system for safe and man-free anchor handling operations.

    The engine configuration will enable both diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion which, in combination with selective catalytic reduction and efficient hull design, will enable low fuel consumption and low emissions.

    The vessel will commence its operations in the North Sea spot market.

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