APRIL 4, 2014 — Norway's Simon Møkster Shipping has signed a contract with Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondan. It covers the construction of a sister vessel to the Rolls-Royce UT-766 design wave-piercing platform supply vessel presently under construction at the shipyard. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in August 2014 and the second for delivery in January 2016
Equipped for operation in Northern areas, the 93 m LOA x 20 m beam vessel will have accommodations for 25 persons.
Rolls-Royce has signed an £11 million contract with Gondan to supply a design and equipment package for the vessel that includes an extensive range of advanced equipment, including Azipull propellers, thrusters, DP2 dynamic positioning system, the latest generation of automation and control systems including the Unified Bridge, Automated Sea Fastening System (ASFA) to secure deck cargo and a dry bulk system
John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President Offshore, said: "We are happy to be chosen again by Gondan and Simon Møkster Shipping to develop this highly innovative offshore vessel. Our experiences working closely together on the first vessel have been no less than excellent. It's also encouraging to note how fast our wave piercing offshore vessel concepts have been accepted among vessel owners and operators as a highly effective solution."
The vessel is developed specifically for missions in the arctic region and will be equipped to undertake oil spill recovery and fire fighting duties.