OSLO -- JSC Circle Marine Invest has awarded STX Norway Offshore contracts totaling $111 million to build three icebreaker tugs. Caspian Offshore Construction in Kazakhstan will operate the vessels in the Kashagan field of the northern Caspian Sea. The vessels will be delivered in 2010 and 2011, the company says.
The vessels are designed by Aker Arctic, and have a length of 65 m (213 ft) and a beam of 16.4 m (54 ft). The vessels will have the ice class notification 1A Super, according to the Finnish-Swedish Ice classification rules. The vessels will be equipped and designed for other operations like fire fighting, rescue operation, and towing in shallow waters.