Ulstein's Ulstein Verft yard is to build an offshore construction vessel (OSV) larger than any other vessel the yard has built before.
The new OSV, part of an order for two new OSVs from Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore, through Island Ventures II LLC, will be an ULSTEIN SX165 design.
Image: The ULSTEIN SX165 design.
The vessel is scheduled for delivery Q3 2015.
Island Ventures II LLC has also ordered design and engineering packages for the construction of an ULSTEIN SX165 design vessel at Edison Chouest’s own yard in the US. This will be the first ULSTEIN designed vessel to be constructed in the US. The contract includes options for further vessels.
The ULSTEIN SX165 is 28m-wide and 145.7m-long and can accommodate 200 people. It has two cranes able to lift 400-ton and 140-ton, respectively. It has a 11.2- x 12m moon pool, plus two smaller moon pools, with ROVs installed in a centrally-located hangar.
The vessel has three separate engine rooms, to provide operational reliability and redundancy. The vessel will be delivered in accordance with the international regulation MLC2006. It has four lifeboats, two on each side, and SCR catalyst system for NOx emission reduction.
Island Offshore is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. Established in 2004, its fleet includes close to 30 advanced offshore service vessels. Island Offshore’s current fleet includes four vessels from ULSTEIN.
Edison Chouest Offshore is based in the U.S and is a major offshore company, owning five yards in the U.S. and Brazil. It has more than 200 vessels, including subsea/construction, anchor handling tug supply vessels and platform supply vessels. In addition to the latest order, a construction vessel for Island Ventures II LLC is currently under construction at Ulstein Verft for delivery in June 2014.
Ulstein Group is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and operates in seven countries.