Norwegian offshore shipbuilder Kleven has secured a contract from Malaysian firm IES Pioneer for the construction of a multi-purpose support vessel.
The contract marks the first ship building deal for Kleven in South East Asia, which is expected to be completed by September 2015. It also includes an option for a second vessel to be delivered in 2016.
Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen said: "At Kleven we are very pleased to announce our very first vessel construction contract with a client from South East Asia, showing that we are competitive world wide based on our quality, punctuality and price."
The MT 6015-design vessel will feature a 150t active heave compensated offshore crane, helideck and FiFi II.
With a capacity to accommodate 60 people, the 93.8m-long vessel will also have a beam of 20m, a working deck of more than 1,000m², firefighting capabilities and provisions for remotely operated vehicle operations.
The vessel will be used by oil and gas operators in the development of deep and newly discovered ultra deepwater hydrocarbon fields of Asia and the Middle East.
Upon delivery, the vessel is expected to ensure deep and ultra deepwater projects completed on schedule and offer significant savings to oil companies with reduced weather downtime, according to the company.
The multi-purpose and highly versatile vessel has a proven design and track record in the harsh North Sea environment, Kleven claimed in a statement.
Image: The new vessel will be based on MT 6015-design. Photo: courtesy of Kleven Maritime AS.