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Kleven's Myklebust Verft will build two UT 515's for response services off the French coast

November 20, 2003

Kleven wins Bourbon UT 515 order

Norway's Myklebust Verft, a Kleven Maritime company, has signed a contract to supply two coast guard vessels to France. The contract, which has a value of NOK 400 million (about $58 million), is with Les Abeilles International, a Groupe Bourbon company. The vessels are of the UT515 design.

Groupe Bourbon's tug company, Les Abeilles International in Le Havre, has signed a long term contract with the French Navy to provide standby services on the French coast. The vessels are designed for operations to prevent catastrophes such as the Erika and Prestige incidents happening in the future. They have been developed specifically to meet these requirements by Rolls-Royce Marine in Ulsteinvik, and have been given the type number UT 515.

Myklebust Verft, at Sunnmore, Norway, won the contract to build these ships against intense international competition.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery in February and June 2005. Together with the yard's existing backlog, the contract for these will provide work at the yard through to the summer holidays in 2005.

"Cooperation with Rolls-Royce Marine in developing the vessels and ensuring that they meet the shipowner's precise requirements has been good, and was a factor in winning us the order," says Per Kristian Furoe, managing director of Myklebust Verft.

"The difficult market for this type of complex and specialized vessels has created great uncertainty for most of the Norwegian shipyards. But today is a happy one for all at Myklebust Verft. With this contract we confirm our position in the market as a competitive supplier of specialized ships," says Steinar S. Kulen, president & CEO of Kleven Maritime.

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