Ulstein Group, a family-owned company that provides ship design, shipbuilding and system solutions, is set to build two offshore construction vessels for Island Ventures’ Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore units.

Commenting on the contract, Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein said they are pleased to develop the next generation of offshore vessels together with Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore.

"We have worked very well together on other innovative projects, and look forward to delivering a high-quality product that will serve the ship owners well for years to come," Ulstein added.

The first of the two ships will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway, while the second will be built at Edison Chouest’s own shipyard in the US.

The Norway-built offshore construction vessel of Ulstein SX165 design is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2015.

The 145.7m-long vessel is 28m wide and can accommodate 200 people. It will be delivered in accordance with the MLC2006 international regulations.

The ship features two cranes that can lift 400t and 140t respectively, a large moon pool measuring 11.2m x 12m, two smaller moon pools with ROVs installed in a centrally located hangar, three separate engine rooms to provide extreme operational reliability, four lifeboats and SCR catalyst system for NOx emission reduction.

Ulstein Verft managing director Kristian Sætre said this is a demanding and challenging construction project, which suits them in every respect.

"We have a solid organisation that will carry out all the engineering work. Our group can offer world-class yard facilities and designs, which attract attention from both crews and ship owners," Sætre added.

Image: Island Ventures II orders two large offshore construction vessels from Ulstein. Credit: ULSTEIN GROUP ASA.