Ulstein launches giant Chouest/Island OCV

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Heli deck is hoisted following launch of giant OCV

AUGUST 26, 2015 — Norway’s Ulstein Verft yesterday launched Island Venture (Yard No. 302), the first of the two giant SX165 design offshore construction vessels ordered by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through Island Ventures II LLC.

The second vessel is to be built in the U.S. by at Edison Chouest’s LaShip shipyard in Houma, LA.

Measuring close to 160 m in length, with a beam of 30 m, Yard No. 302 is the shipbuilder’s largest offshore vessel thus far. As shown in the photo, the heli deck was being mounted on the ship’s bow section.

Though the vessel is jointly owned by Norway-based Island Offshore and U.S.-based Edison Chouest Offshore, it will be managed by Chouest and thus carries the Edison Chouest colors and logo.

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