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Marine Log

May 19, 2008

China order for Ulstein Design

Ulstein Design AS is to provide design services for 12 vessels of ULSTEIN A801 type to Guangdong Machinery Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. (GMG).

The 12 vessels will be built in Guangzhou, China, with construction planned to commence in the second half of 2008 and first vessel delivery scheduled for the end of 2009.

Ulstein Design market manager Ove Dimmen describes the ULSTEIN A801 as an anchor-handling vessel with good supply capacities, a large working deck and with a hull design that is energy efficient and that provide good sea-keeping qualities.

The ULSTEIN A801 has a diesel-electric propulsion system and an expected bollard pull of over 75 tonnes. The DP-2-class vessel is 76.7 m long, 15 mwide, and has a loading capacity approaching 3,000 tonnes.

The propulsion plant comprises two, electric-driven, RPM-controlled azimuth thrusters and two controllable pitch bow thrusters. The anchor-handling/towing winch provides 150-ton pull with two drums in waterfall configuration. The vessel has dedicated tanks for 385 m3 potable water, 900 m3 fuel oil, 290 m3 base oil, 650 m3 liquid mud/brine, 1600 m3 ballast/drill water and 240 m3 cement in two segregated systems.

The double-bottomed, double-skinned vessel will fulfil a number of BV notations, including DYNAPOS AM/AT-R, FIRE-FIGHTING 1, WATERSPRAY, COMF-3 and CLEANSHIP


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