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China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group has secured a contract to build nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels for Abu Dhabi National Oil (ADNOC) and its wholly owned subsidiary, ESNAAD.

In 2013, ADNOC had initially launched bids for this new-building project and then handed it over to ESNAAD for follow up.

The vessels will be built based on the SPA80A design and Sinopacific intends to deliver all nine in 2017.

"The vessels will be built based on the SPA80A design and Sinopacific intends to deliver all nine in 2017."

The SPA80A design AHTS will have electric propulsion system and a bollard pull of 80mt designed by Shanghai Design Associates (SDA), the Sinopacific OSV design team.

The basic design of these vessels has been tailored to ADNOC’s specific requirements, including the ability to operate under complex conditions of shallow water, high-salinity, high-temperatures and high-humidity in the Persian Gulf.

These SPA80A vessels will be built on the basis of the original SPA80 design, Sinopacific’s own brand design.

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The company said that SPA80A was shortlisted as one of the best ship designs in 2012 by Offshore Support Journal (OSJ), a leading revue in the offshore vessel market.

Image: ESNAAD CEO Dagher Al Marar and Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group chairman and CEO Simon Liang at signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Sinopacific ShipBuilding Group.