On Friday 1 February 2008, Fairstar’s heavy transport vessel ‘Fjord’ successfully completed three
days of extensive tests on all aspects of the ballast system executed in Malta. The recently
converted heavy transport vessel ‘Fjord’ is now ready and capable of loading and transporting all
kinds of floating and non-floating heavy cargoes.
The tests culminated in a complete submersion of the vessel’s hull to a depth of approximately 20 meters
below the surface, giving about 11 meters water above main deck. Achieving this milestone demonstrates
that the vessel is able to accommodate heavy floating cargoes such as semi-submersible drilling rigs with
thrusters, deep drafted nuclear submarines and jack-up rigs with big spud can protrusion.
Dave Hangoor, Fairstar’s Operations Manager, reports from Malta: “The submersion test was a complete
success. All systems were checked by our technical team and were put to a rigorous inspection before,
during and after the submersion. The Fjord is equipped with one of the most sophisticated ballast control and
loading systems in the world. The submersion was smooth, controlled, and the stability profile of the Fjord
was exceptional. We are delighted with the vessel’s performance and look forward to taking the vessel into
The Fjord has passed the most important test for a vessel of this type. The precision and control
demonstrated by the Fjord will sharpen our competitive advantage and position us to go after the most
valuable cargoes of the most demanding clients. Safety and security are hallmarks of the offshore world, and
we believe the Fjord will emerge as the vessel of choice for the most demanding cargoes.
The Maltese Port Authorities showed their confidence in the vessel’s and its crew’s capabilities, by allowing
this crucial test in waters usually occupied by luxurious cruise liners
and high profile military craft.
Philip Adkins, CEO of Fairstar stated: “A great result by a great team. It has been a difficult challenge, but
everyone here in Malta has worked tirelessly to solve any problems that have presented themselves. We
expect to finalize the final paperwork from DNV in the coming week, after which the Fjord will enter the global
fleet of heavy transport vessels. We have an experience crew on board, a strong support team on-shore and
one of the most modern, versatile vessels afloat”.