Ulstein Verft to build four PSVs for Blue Ship Invest

11 June 2012 (Last Updated June 11th, 2012 18:30)

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has won a contract to build another four PX121 platform supply vessels (PSVs) for investment company Blue Ship Invest.

Ulstein PSVs

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has won a contract to build another four PX121 platform supply vessels (PSVs) for investment company Blue Ship Invest.

All four PSVs will have a length of 83.4m, beam of 18m, cargo deck of 875m² and a load capacity of 4200dwt. They will have a maximum operating speed of 15 knots, accommodate 24 people and are scheduled for delivery in 2013.

The vessels will be equipped with a dynamic positioning system Class II and meet the requirements of DNV’s Clean Design and ICE-C notations,

In addition to tanks for oil, water and drilling fluids, the vessels are fitted with four stainless steel tanks for flammable liquids, as well as catalysts for all four main engines.

Earlier this January, Blue Ship Invest had taken delivery of the PSV Blue Fighter from Ulstein and has a second PSV on order scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2012, which they ordered at the end of 2010.

Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein said that ‘Blue Fighter’ has been working for the oil company Apache for several months, and the company has received very good feedback from Remøy Shipping, who manages the vessel on the company’s behalf.

"The feedback, combined with developments in the PSV market, leads us to contract a series of another four PSVs of the same design," Ulstein said.

"We will make arrangements for the management of the vessels, but I emphasise that all six vessels are for sale."

According to the company, both the hull and choice of propulsion system make the vessel suitable for North Sea and North Atlantic conditions.


Image: Ulstein Verft will deliver the four PSVs, which are equipped with four stainless steel tanks for flammable liquids, to Blue Ship Invest in 2013. Photo: ULSTEIN