December 22, 2006
Siem Offshore back at Kleven
Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, has signed a new contract with Siem Offshore Inc. for the building of a Multifunctional Platform Supply Vessel of the MT 6017 design, designed by Marin Teknikk.
The contract has a value of NOK 350 million (about $56.6 million). The vessel is 93.7 m long, with a beam of 19.7 m, and a working deck of 1,047 sq.m.
The vessel has accommodations for 68 persons, and the contract includes offshore crane and helideck.
The vessel is a sister vessel to the yard's newbuilding no. 323, ordered by Siem Offshore in August 2006.
The vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2009 as the yards newbuilding no. 326.
This contract is Siem Offshore's eleventh contract with Kleven Verft , which now has 21 vessels on order. Kleven Maritime as a group has a total backlog of 29 vessels on order.
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