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Marine Log

June 14, 2007

Nordcapital orders AHTS's in Korea

Nordcapital, Germany, has signed a contract with Se Kwang Heavy Industries, (the former INP) Ulsan, Korea, to deliver four UT 786 CD anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS). The total value of the contract is approximately $ 300 million. Delivery of the vessels is scheduled for the third and fourth quarter of 2009. Environmental features such as clean design, ballast water management treatment and oil recovery will be incorporated. The contract also includes an option for four further vessels for delivery in 2010.

"With this new order for very modern Rolls-Royce design AHTS, Nordcapital's involvement in the offshore industry is not only expanding but also diversifying into a different type of offshore vessel," says Willem Dekker, Managing Director of OSM Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG, Hamburg.

OSM Schiffahrt, a recently established joint venture between Nordcapital and OSM Norway, is responsible for the future management of all new Nordcapital vessels.

Last month, Nordcapital ordered two UT-776 CD Platform supply vessels worth about $111 million from Aker Yards. The hulls for these will be built at Aker Yards in Romania, and outfitted at Aker Yards in Norway. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010. The contract also includes an option for two similar vessels for delivery in the third and fourth quarter of 2010.

Currently, OSM Schiffahrt manages a fleet of three modern PSVs from its Hamburg office. With these additional orders the fleet managed by OSM Schiffahrt will grow to 13 PSV units and four AHTS by early 2010.

The Nordcapital orders also add up to a nice chunk of change for Rolls-Royce. It will supply designs integrated with all the main systems and equipment for all the vessels. It says the total value for Rolls-Royce of the contracts, excluding options, is around $164 million.

"We are delighted that OSM Schiffahrt has chosen to expand its fleet with additional Rolls-Royce vessels as it moves into larger PSVŐs and anchor handlers,Ó says John Paterson, President--Marine, Rolls-Royce.

The UT 786 CD anchor handler design has an overall length of 86 m, a beam of 20 m and a bollard pull of approximately 200 tonnes with the swing-up azimuth bow thruster contributing. The low resistance hullform is optimized for a low fuel consumption and a maximum speed of about 18 knots.

OSM Schiffahrt has specified a powerful winch installation, with a 400 tonne three drum main winch and two secondary winches for wire or rope. A full set of Rolls-Royce Safer Deck Operations equipment will be installed.

These vessels will be propelled by two Bergen BV32:40V12P main engines, each rated at 6,000 kW, turning CP propellers. Azimuth and tunnel bow thrusters, plus twin tunnel stern thrusters will provide dynamic positioning to IMO DP2, under the command of a Rolls-Royce DP system.

The UT776 CD is a 93 m long platform supply vessel that is economical to operate, extremely effective at carrying out its tasks and provides a safe environment for its crew. It has an optimized hull form with very low resistance, reflected in less use of power and consequently a lower total fuel burn that, in turn, cuts the amount of CO2 emissions.

On a beam of 20 m the cargo deck area is about 1,030 sq.m. The vessel has a deadweight of about 5,000 tonnes, of which over 3,000 tonnes can be carried on deck. It can carry pipes, liquid cargo, and dry bulk. Tankage is provided for fuel, water, mud, brine, methanol and special products.

A clear requirement has been to make working and living conditions on board as safe and comfortable as possible. The design has been tailored so that cargo is carried as near the point of minimum motion as is feasible, on a working deck with high and protective bulwarks. Stabilizing tanks above the main deck provide optimal roll reduction and also form a safety buffer between the working deck and the superstructure, reducing the risk of injury or damage from swinging crane loads. Azipull thrusters provide efficient propulsion and maneuevring.

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