The contract has a duration of five years with start-up after the vessel has been delivered during the second half of 2008.
The vessel, an Aker PSV 06 CD, is under construction at Aker Yards in Brattvag near Alesund in western Norway. With a deck area of about 1,000 square meters, it will have a length of 95 meters, and weigh 5,200 deadweight tons. The ship also has good systems below deck for transporting bulk products.
It will be one of Statoil's first ships with a "clean" design, which includes a double hull to protect the diesel and oil tanks.
This is in line with Statoil's environmental profile. Clean design also entails lower emissions from the vessel's engines.
The newbuild will be a supplement to Statoil's pool of supply vessels. It has not been decided which areas of the Norwegian continental shelf the ship will serve.
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