Kleven Orderbook Pumped up to $1.8b
Norway’s Kleven has enjoyed a strong Q3 with significant orders from Maersk and De Beers, bringing its order book to 18 vessels valued at $1.8 billion.
De Beers Marine Namibia, part of De Beers Group, signed a deal with Kleven to build a specialized vessel for deep water mineral exploration. While the MT 6022 design from Marin Teknikk is well proven in the offshore construction segment, this will be a first of its kind vessel and will include a wide range of tailor made equipment and features. “Underwater mineral exploration is a new segment for Kleven, and we look forward to working closely with De Beers on the realization of this highly advanced vessel,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven. “We have had a strong cooperation with Marin Teknikk for many years.” The contract is divided into two separate phases, with final subject to building approval to be made Q1 2015. The vessel will be built at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and is to be delivered in June 2016.
Maersk Orders Six Anchor Handlers
Kleven was contracted by Maersk Supply Service to build six anchor handling tug supply vessels, with options for four additional newbuilds.
The vessels, all of Salt Ship Design’s SALT 200 AHTS design, will be built at Kleven’s two shipyards in Norway, Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft, for deepwater operations for potential customers including international oil companies and construction companies worldwide.
The first six vessels are to be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017, the builder said. If all options are declared, the last vessel in the series is to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.
“With the many advanced, high-end newbuildings being delivered over the years to come, we want our customers to remain confident that we are prepared to deliver on their demands and provide premium service in terms of reliability, safety and uptime,” said Maersk Supply Service CEO, Carsten Plougmann Andersen.
“In our newbuilding project with Kleven, we have carefully designed the entire vessel with this in mind.
An example is the installation of the most fuel efficient and flexible hybrid propulsion system with fixed pitch on all side thrusters, providing high reliability and back-up system, good fuel economy, low emissions and excellent station keeping.”
The new anchor handlers will measure 95 x 25m with an approximate 4,500 dwt. Boasting DP2, the vessels will have installed power of 23,000 bhp and offer a minimum bollard pull of 230 metric tons.
(As published in the November 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeReporter)