As part of the £83m contract, which does not include the extra ships, the vessels will be built for Nordcapital and OSM’s joint venture OSM Schiffahrt in Korean and Norwegian shipyards.
The agreement involves the production of four UT 786 CD and two UT 776 CD vessels to be built at Korea’s Sekwang shipyard and Aker Yards Brevik, Norway respectively. The shipyards have produced a total of 53 Rolls-Royce vessels so far.
The UT 786 CD is a deep water anchorhandler capable of supplying full services required by offshore oil platforms as well as being a standby/rescue vessel. It is designed to be 86m long, with a 20m beam, with a bollard pull of 200 tonnes and a maximum speed of 18 knots. In addition, the ship will be equipped with two 6,000kW Bergen BV32:40V12P engines.
The 93m UT 776 CD is a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), a ship designed to serve offshore platforms by carrying out tasks such as transporting goods and personnel. It also has a beam of 20m and a cargo deck area of 1,030m2. With a deadweight of 5,000 tonnes, the vessel is said to be able to carry more than 3,000 tonnes of material on deck.
It is said to provide a safe environment for its crew due to features such as the formation of a safety buffer between the working deck and superstructure, to reduce the risks associated with swinging cranes.
The anchorhandlers are expected to be finished in the second half of 2009, the production of the PSVs by early 2010.