Island Offshore has taken delivery of the new offshore installation vessel Island Victory - Christened during a name giving ceremony at VARD Langsten Friday (Feb07). Island Victory is a vessel of mighty capacities and will be heading straight into operation after delivery. At first a couple of weeks in the spot market, before commencing a series of awarded contracts securing work for the vessel potentially throughout October this year. The capacities of the vessel has already secured jobs in the Barents Sea as well as in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We experience great interest for this vessel. Having jobs lined up in coming months, confirms this and is highly appreciated. We expect that the interest and work opportunities will increase as we enter into operation and prove the vessel and crew capabilities,” says Managing Director of Island Offshore Management AS, Tommy Walaunet.
Island Victory beat all records during bollard pull tests last fall, with a traction of 477 tons. In addition to heavy tows and installation duties she can also hold two whole anchor spreads on deck, which few other vessels can match.
“We have put together an excellent crew which we are confident will take good care of the ship and deliver safe and efficient operations to our customers,” Walaunet adds.
The towering vessel with yard number 831, was built by VARD, and has breadth of 25 metres, a length of 123 metres and a deck space of 1.200m2.
“Island Victory is built on strong relations between colleagues in Island Offshore, Kongsberg and VARD, with a common drive to create something new and different together. Over several decades, our fellowship has resulted in a number of new innovations, and Island Victory is another unique vessel we are introducing to the market. I would like to thank for the great and solution oriented cooperation, and express my gratitude to all involved in this project,” says Erik Haakonsholm, General Manager of Offshore and Specialized vessel in VARD.
Island Victory is designed by Kongsberg Maritime, type UT 797 CX. The vessel is equipped with a 250 tonnes offshore crane, two ROVs and a large moon pool, making it suitable for both pre-lay of anchor systems, installation of subsea equipment on the seabed, maintenance of oil wells, regular anchor handling as well as installation of offshore windmills. The spacious accommodation has room for 110 persons, making it a possible to function as an accommodation vessel as well.
“We have been looking forward to this day! Welcoming a new blue and white vessel into our fleet is always a good feeling,” says Walaunet.
The godmother of the vessel was Ingunn Ulstein Botnen.