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    Spanish yard to build advanced standby vessel for the Goliat field

    Vessel & ROV News // June 18, 2010

    Esvagt's new safett standby vessel will be built by Asteilleros Zamakona.

    Danish shipping company Esvagt has ordered a SX123 standby/rescue vessel from Asteilleros Zamalona shipyard in Bilbao. The vessel will form part of the emergency preparedness in the Goliat field for operator Eni and will enter into a 10 year contract once it has been delivered.

    "This contract with Esvagt is very good news. A customer comes back and orders a design that they have great faith in, and the vessel goes right into a 10 year contract with the oil company ENI after completion," said Tore Ulstein, managing director of Ulstein Design & Solutions.

    The emergency response vessel, which will have diesel-electric propulsion, will be optimized for cold weather and harsh weather conditions, and will be equipped with the latest oil spill equipment.

    The ship differs from other safety standby ships because it can accomodate daughter craft/rescue boats on board through a special stern launch and recovery arrangement which will work even in adverse weather conditions, including waves of up to 10m.

    As can be seen in the acoompanying illustration, the vessel also has the ULSTEIN X-BOW, which, among other advantages, allows for a higher transit speed in rough weather, reduces fuel consumption, decreases spray, and reduces vibration levels. The ship will be designed to accommodate 370 survivors.

    The new standby/rescue vessel will be 80m long with a breadth of 17m and a speed of in excess of 16 knots in calm weather.

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