ABS to class Chouest, Island OCV newbuild duo

MARCH 5, 2014 — ABS is to class the two Ulstein SX 165 design offshore construction vessels ordered by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through the company Island Ventures II LLC (see earlier story). One of the 145.7 m x 28 m OCVs will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway and the other at Edison Chouest’s LaShip shipyard in Houma, LA.

The vessels will feature one 400-metric-ton crane and one 140-metric-ton crane, a large moonpool measuring 11.2 m x 12 m, and two smaller moonpools with remotely operated vehicle installed in a centrally located hangar. The vessel has three separate engine rooms to provide extreme operational reliability.

Health, safety and the environment have been fully considered in the development of this design. The vessels design provides for crew comfort and safety in accordance with international regulation ILO Maritime Labor Convention and features four lifeboats, two on each side. In addition, the vessels are equipped with SCR catalyst systems for NOx emission reduction.

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