BERGEN, Norway – Bergen Group has awarded a NOK 1-billion ($163.9–million) contract with ship owner North Sea Shipping AS for construction of an offshore construction vessel that can lay flexible pipe and cables.
Scheduled for delivery in 2Q 2014, the vessel length is 142 m (466 ft.) with a beam of 27 m (89 ft.) and capacity for 120 crew. Skipsteknisk is designed the ST-261 type vessel.
The ship is equipped with DP-3 positioning, and has an offshore crane with a lifting capacity of 400 tons and capacity of construction work down to 3,000 m (9,842 ft.) of water. The ship will also have two 3,000-m capable ROVs. The working deck area is around 2,000 sq. m, which can withstand a load of 15 tons/sq. m.
The ship has a large carousel below deck, with storage capacity of up to 2,000 tons of cable or flex pipe. In addition, the ship is designed to mount another carousel on the main working deck.
Plans call for the hull will be built abroad and then towed to Bergen Group BMV for outfitting and commissioning in the autumn of 2013.