JUNE 5, 2012 — Norway's Eidesvik Offshore is making the largest single investment in its history. It has entered into a NOK 1 billion (about US $ 163.5 million) contract with shipbuilder Kleven Maritime for construction of a large subsea vessel for delivery second quarter 2014. The contract includes an option for a sister vessel for delivery early 2015.
The vessel has a length of 145 m and a beam of 31 m. It is equipped with two offshore cranes on 400 MT and 100 MT respectively. Deadweight is 13500 MT. Furthermore the vessel is prepared for operation in artic waters.
The vessel is being built to SALT 301 OCV designs and has been developed by Eidesvik in close cooperation with SALT Ship Design and Kleven Maritime. Throughout the design period there has been a high focus on environmental friendly solutions and the vessel is well prepared to meet any future environmental requirements, also in vulnerable areas.
"We have a firm belief in the market for this type of vessel, and we are very confident that this is a correct strategic step for the company," says Jan Fredrik Meling, Chief Executive Officer, Eidesvik Offshore ASA., "This enhances our position as a leading operator of subsea vessels."
Eidesvik expecs that the investment will strengthen the company's profitability substantially. It will create 50 new job opportunities and will increase Eidesvik activity considerably