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Marine Log

February 20, 2008

Aker yards books order for two arctic containerships

Aker Yards has been awarded a contract by Royal Arctic Line A/S, Nuuk, Greenland. It is for two ice-going containerships for arctic operation and has a total contract value is abt. EUR 80 million.

The ships are designed for traffic between ports in Greenland and transatlantic destinations. Delivery is scheduled in the second and third quarter of 2010 from by Aker Yards Germany.

Einar Broenlund, President of Aker Yards Germany stated: "We are very pleased to establish a new relationship with Royal Arctic Line by building these highly specialized vessels."The two new ships are of the type Aker ACS 587. Both vessels have high ice class 1A*, and are 113.0 m long and 22.7 m wide.

The basic design was developed by Royal Arctic Line A/S to meet its needs in the arctic environment.

With a deadweight of 8,550 t the ships have a total container stowage capacity of 587 TEU each with 237 reefer sockets (FEU) of which 130 reefer containers can be transported in holds.

With a main engine (MAN B&W 6S46MC-C) output of 7,860 kW and a controllable pitch propeller plant they reach a speed of 15.3 knots. The ships will be equipped with a bow and stern thruster of 780 kW each and two cranes with a capacity of 45 t SWL at 29.8 m each.

Tom Einertsen, President of Aker Yards' Business Area Merchant Vessels, says: "This contract together with our current order book of four ice-braking container/cargo vessels is supporting the long term strategy of the Business Area Merchant Vessels to become a leading provider of sea transportation solutions for Arctic waters."

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