With options for four more, Maersk Supply Service has signed a new-building contract with Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven Maritime for six, 95 meter Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels. The vessels are of SALT 200 AHTS design from Salt Ship Design, and will be built at Kleven’s two shipyards in Norway, Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft, according to Kleven.
Maersk notes this new order brings their total newbuild program to twelve which also includes five Subsea Support Vessels and one Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel to be delivered from shipyards in Romania, China and Chile.
“With this contract, Maersk Supply Service is once again placing a new building order in Norway, and with this we have taken the next step in our extensive new-building programme renewing our fleet with focus on large Anchor Handling Tug Supply and Subsea Support Vessels. The contract now concluded with Kleven is an important part of the realisation of our ambitious growth strategy” says CEO in Maersk Supply Service, Carsten Plougmann Andersen.
Deliveries are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2016.