Wärtsilä designs new multipurpose standby vessel

10 Dec 2010
Sartor Offshore and Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway have cooperated in developing a new offshore vessel that will serve Statoil in the North Sea

Sartor Offshore and Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway have cooperated in developing a new offshore vessel that will serve Statoil in the North Sea

Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway has, in cooperation with Sartor Offshore, developed the design for a new multipurpose standby vessel that will service Statoil’s offshore installations in the North Sea, for a contractual period of ten years.

“We are proud that Statoil have chosen our design for the new vessel, which in addition to standby operations also will serve important additional functions such as emergency tugs, fire fighting and platform evacuations”, says Tor Henning Vestbøstad, sales manager in Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway.

Sartor Offshore ordered the vessel in November after securing a long-term charter with Statoil. Which ship yard that will construct the vessel will be selected by the end of January 2011.

Sartor Offshore and Wärtsilä have cooperated over a number of years, amongst others about the design and development of the multi purpose vessel Ocean Alden, designation type VS 465. This vessel was built at Wilson Heavy Industries in Nantong, China, and is in operation for Gaz de France on the Gjøa-field west of Florø, Norway. The new vessel, which is a VS 465 MK II design, is a further development of the Ocean Alden design.

The newbuilding, with a length of 74.3m, will amongst other capabilities be able to carry out emergency towing with a 120 tons bollard pull and the stern will be equipped with the necessary equipment to handle loading tubes. The ship will also be able to carry 370 passengers in the event of a platform evacuation, has fire fighting (Fi-Fi I and II) capability and will be equipped to take part in the first line of defence against any oil spill.

The new vessel is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2012.

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