Esvagt commissions standby craft for Goliat

Standby vessel operator Esvagt has ordered a new Ulstein SX123 design standby/rescue vessel to use at Eni Norge’s Goliat development in the Barents Sea.

Offshore staff

ESBJERG, Denmark -- Standby vessel operator Esvagt has ordered a new Ulstein SX123 design standby/rescue vessel to use at Eni Norge’s Goliat development in the Barents Sea.

The 80-m (262-ft) long, 17-m (56-ft) wide vessel, which has been contracted for 10 years, will be built at the Astilleros Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao, Spain.

According to Ulstein, the new vessel, with its diesel electric propulsion system, will be one of the most modern on the Norwegian continental shelf. The design is optimized for cold and harsh weather, and the vessel will be equipped with modern oil spill readiness equipment.

It will differ from other standby ships in that it will be able to accommodate daughter craft/rescue boats directly on board through a special stern arrangement, even in waves of up to 10 m (33 ft).

The ULSTEIN X-BOW hull shape should lead to higher transit speed in rough weather (16 knots in calm conditions), reduced fuel consumption, decreased spray, and reduced vibration levels.

06/17/2010

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