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    Two more anchor handlers for Solstad

    Vessel & ROV News // May 7, 2010

    During April Norwegian owner Solstad took delivery of two large newbuild AHTS.

    As Seabrokers reported in its latest monthly market report, in early April the STX Brattvag yard delivered the AH12 design, 300 tonne bollard pull Normand Prosper.

    The 95m LOA DPII vessel has a deadweight of approximately 5,000 tonnes, a clear deck of 800m2 and accommodation for 70. The main anchor handling/towing winch is a 500 ton waterfall type with large capacity drums. Other special features include cargo rail cranes with manipulators to facilitate anchor handling operations, ROV hangar and helideck. Optional items include a 250 tonne offshore crane and an A frame.

    On 24th April the second vessel, a 300 ton bollard pull VS490 design AHTS, was christened Normand Ranger at the Ulstein Verft shipyard. This vessel was originally being built at Karmsund but was transferred to Ulsteinvik after Karmsund filed for bankruptcy last year.

    Normand Ranger has a LOA of 91m, deadweight of 4,250 tonnes, clear deck of 700m2, accommodation for 58 persons. The vessel features Clean Design notation with low fuel consumption thanks to a hybrid main propulsion system (diesel mechanical, diesel-electric).

    Both vessels are currently plying the North Sea spot market.

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