May 5, 2010
Ulstein Verft completes Normand Ranger
Norway's Ulstein Verft has delivered the AHTS Normand Ranger to Solstad Offshore.
The vessel was originally under construction at Karmsund Maritime Service AS. After Karmsund declared bankruptcy, Ulstein was awarded the contract to complete the vessel by state-run credit guarantee agency GIEK and Sparebank 1 SR-Bank. The ship came to Ulstein's shipyard in August 2009.
Normand Ranger is a VS 490 AHTS with a length of 91 m, breadth of 22 m and accommodations for 58 persons. Deadweight is about 4,500 tonnes. Bollard pull is 287 tonnes. The vessel is equipped with a Triplex MHD (Multi Deck Handler) and Odim ARF (Anchor Recovery Frame) for safe anchor handling operations on deck.
"We are very satisfied with the completion of Normand Ranger. The project has fulfilled our expectations when delivered from Ulstein Verft today," said Solstad Offshore shipowner Lars Peder Solstad.
"Normand Ranger is ready for the spot market in the North Sea, and we are pleased to see that this market is slightly recovering," he added.
"It is challenging to take over a half produced vessel," said Ulstein Verft managing director Karsten Saevik. "We had to get a complete picture of everything that had been done, and whether it had been done correctly in relation to the regulations. Furthermore, we had to provide an overview of which suppliers were still a part of the project. Interaction between engineering, procurement, planning and production has been very important. We have an organization that has the necessary expertise and experience to handle such challenges."