The vessel’s name was selected by Elizabeth Itta, a 12-year-old from Nuiqsut, a city in North Alaska, who won an essay contest suggesting it. Aiviq, in the Inupiat language, means walrus. Natives of the Alaskan northwest region speak Inupiat.
Itta and her family were flown to Port Fourchon, La., to attend last month’s naming ceremony, where she christened the ship.
The 5,000 dwt Arctic ice class anchor handling tug supply vessel is currently undergoing sea trials off Port Fourchon, and will soon be headed to Alaska to support Shell’s drilling programs in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.
Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/f678c_k4SUc
April 1, 2012