Record Build for Ulstein Verft Reaches Milestone

The aft section of yno 302 arrives at Ulstein Verft, April 28, 2015. Photo: Ulstein
The aft section of yno 302 arrives at Ulstein Verft, April 28, 2015. Photo: Ulstein

A big milestone for a record build at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway.

Last month, the prefabricated aft section of newbuild Yno 302 arrived at the yard following an eleven day tow from the Crist yard in Poland.

Yno 302 is an SX165 design offshore construction vessel that will be jointly owned by Norway-based shipowner Island Offshore and US-based shipowner Edison Chouest Offshore. The 14,000 DWT vessel will be 159.8 meters long with a beam of 30 meters, making it the largest ship ever constructed at Ulstein Verft.

Once delivered, the aft section, weighing 6,500 tonnes alone, was moved into the dock and connected to the foreship. Check out the time-lapse below showing the process:

Yno 302 was ordered as part of a two-ship order placed in November 2013 by Island Ventures II, a joint venture between Island Offshore and Edison Chouest. The second ship in the series will be built at ECO’s Houma, Louisiana, making it the first Ulstein design ever constructed in the United States.

Illustration courtesy Ulstein Group
Illustration courtesy Ulstein Group

Interestingly, the yno 302 was redesigned during in the engineering phase, increasing in both length and beam of the vessel from 145.7 meters long and a beam of 28 meters to the dimensions noted above. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for delivery Q4 2015.