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Atlantic Offshore has placed a €50m order with Zamakona Shipyards in Bilbao, Spain, for the construction of two field support vessels (FSVs).

The two vessels will be built to the HY 820 design developed by Havyard in cooperation with Atlantic Offshore.

The vessels will have a length of 66.8m, width of 16m and will be certified for the rescue of 300 people, with the capability of travelling at a speed of 14 knots and towing with up to 65,000kg bollard pull.

The company said the FSVs are to be chartered by French oil company Total and Shell UK under a five-year contract, and will be operated in both Norwegian and British sectors.

The vessels are equipped with modern solutions for fire and emergency preparedness and are able to relieve oil platforms by offering cargo or storage capacity.

The deal will also see Havyard Power & Systems deliver several other products and services to the vessel, including electro engineering, IAS and PMS, ConceptBridge, NavCom and Bridge Watch System.

The two vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2014 and the contract with Zamakona Shipyards includes the option for the construction of an additional two vessels for a similar price.

Atlantic Offshore is currently building six new vessels for a total cost of NOK1.6bn (€217m).

Image: The two Atlantic Offshore FSVs will be delivered by Zamakona Shipyards in 2014. Photo: Atlantic Offshore