Rimorchiatori Malta Ltd has announced it has ordered a new $31.5m AHSV type from the Union Naval Valencia. The vessel is designed by Moss Maritime, a Norwegian naval architect forming part of Messrs Saipem, and will be delivered to the Maltese company in March 2010.
The vessel is specifically designed to perform offshore activities, living assistance to fixed or floating oil rigs in southern Mediterranean waters. The order will be financed by an Italian Bank, possibly in a pooling arrangement with a Maltese bank. The investment is being made through the company's Maltese subsidiary Menqa Shipping.
The vessel will have a dead weight of approximately 2,000 tons with a deck cargo area of 4, 650 sq. ft. and a deck cargo capacity of at least 900 tons.
The vessel is a MOSS 424 Mark III design with a dead weight of 3,100 tons, and will be equipped with four main engines with a power of 19,000 BHP able to give a bollard pull of about 210 tons. The vessel will also be able to carry liquid and dry cargo necessary for rig operations, and 1,200 tons of cargo.
Source: Times of