Simon Møkster Shipping placed an order today with Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan for a new Rolls-Royce designed UT 776 W wave piercing offshore supply vessel, the second such vessel ordered in recent years.
For Rolls-Royce, the £11 million design and outfitting contract includes an extensive range of advanced equipment, such as Azipull propellers, thrusters, DP2 dynamic positioning system, the latest generation of automation and control systems including the Unified Bridge and Automated Sea Fastening System (ASFA) to secure deck cargo and a dry bulk system.
The vessel is expected to be delivered in 2016.
John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President Offshore, said: “We are happy to be chosen again by Gondan and Simon Møkster Shipping to develop this highly innovative offshore vessel. Our experiences working closely together on the first vessel have been no less than excellent. It’s also encouraging to note how fast our wave piercing offshore vessel concepts have been accepted among vessel owners and operators as a highly effective solution.”
The vessel is developed specifically for missions in the arctic region and will be equipped to undertake oil spill recovery and fire fighting duties as well.