Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven has won a contract from Maersk Supply Service to construct six anchor-handling vessels.
The value of the contract has not been disclosed, but it includes an option for four additional vessels.
The 95m-long vessels are designed by Salt Ship Design to the Salt 200 AHTS design. Kleven will build the ships at its Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft shipyards in Norway.
Maersk Supply Service CEO Carsten Plougmann Andersen said: "With this contract, Maersk Supply Service is once again placing a new building order in Norway, and with this we have taken the next step in our extensive new-building programme, renewing our fleet with focus on large anchor handling tug supply and subsea support vessels.
"The contract now concluded with Kleven is an important part of the realisation of our ambitious growth strategy."
The vessels are expected to be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2016 and third quarter of 2017. If the options are declared, the additional vessels will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.
Kleven will seek the support of Norwegian equipment manufacturers and suppliers for the project, which will benefit local businesses, Kleven said.
The shipbuilder is currently working on Maersk’s five subsea support vessels (SSV) and one AHTS at its Romanian, Chinese and Chilean yards.
Image: Kleven is currently building six vessels for Maersk. Photo: courtesy of the Maersk Group.