Rolls-Royce secures £35m contract from Island Offshore to develop offshore vessel

29 May 2014 (Last Updated May 29th, 2014 18:30)

UK-based manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has secured a £35m contract to design and equip an offshore support vessel, Island Victory, for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore.

UK-based manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has secured a £35m contract to design and equip an offshore support vessel, Island Victory, for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore.

The vessel, which is expected to be the largest in Island Offshore’s fleet, will have a multi-functional design and flexible operational profile.

Rolls-Royce offshore president John Knudsen said: "Once again Island Offshore has ordered a tailor-made vessel to meet current and future market needs."

"We are confident that Island Victory will be commissioned fast, as the need for subsea work is rising."

"We truly enjoy working with this ship owner and take pride in the fact that they repeatedly choose our design team in Norway as their partner."

The shipbuilder’s UT 797 CX design features a 250t offshore crane, remotely operated vessels (ROVs) and a large moonpool to support the vessel when undertaking heavy anchor handling operations and deep subsea installation work.

The vessels will be 123m long with a deck area of 1,100m² and a bollard pull of more than 400t.

Island Offshore CEO Håvard Ulstein noted: "This will be an extremely strong workhorse with many capabilities."

"We are confident that Island Victory will be commissioned fast, as the need for subsea work is rising."

Island Victory is claimed to be suitable for use as an accommodation vessel in oilfields, with the capacity to accommodate about 110 people.

Delivery of the vessel is scheduled during the second quarter of 2016 from VardBrevik in Norway, while its hull will be delivered from VardTulcea in Romania.