It’s shaping up to be a good week for Kleven Maritime. Yesterday, the Norwegian shipbuilder announced that it will build a US$180 million subsea construction vessel Eidesvik. Now today, Kleven says it has landed another order from Ugland Offshore, this time for PSV with the option for a second.
Kleven did not disclose the value of the contract, but the order brings Kleven’s current order book to 12 vessels worth a total value of around 6 billion NOK, or close to US$1 billion.
“We highly appreciate that Ugland again has chosen a Kleven-built vessel for their fleet,” says StÃ¥le Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven Maritime. “This is a vote of confidence to everyone in our organisation. Ugland is a company with strong traditions in the maritime industry, and we look forward to continuing the great cooperation we have established.”
Kleven says the PSV for Ugland will be of the SALT 100 PSV design, a creation of Salt Ship Design AS of Stord, Norway. The new vessel will measure 88.9m long by 20m wide and will be able to accomodate 24 people onboard. The new Salt 100 design includes a number of new solutions, and is tailor made to meet oil companies’ requirements for modern PSVs. Kleven says that the Salt 100 combines innovation in design and technology to improve operating costs, improve safety and secure more efficient operations for ship owners. Fuel consumption is low, and the vessel will be the first of its kind to incorporate a newly designed and more efficient cargo handling solution.
J.J.Ugland (JJUC) returned to the offshore industry when they established Ugland Offshore in 2011. At Kleven Maritime’s Myklebust Verst yard, the company a PSV of VS 485 MK II design already under construction for Ugland, which is set to be delivered in June this year. Ugland also owns bulk handling vessels, shuttle tankers and barges, and is involved in other maritime business.
The new PSV for Ugland will be constructed at the Kleven Verft shipyard in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is expected to be delivered in Q1 2014.