Second Ulstein Walk to Work vessel for Acta Marine

Acta Auriga quayside at Ulstein Verft. Photo by Benny Banen, Acta Marine
Acta Auriga quayside at Ulstein Verft. Photo by Benny Banen, Acta Marine
Design illustration (courtesy of Ulstein Group)
Design illustration (courtesy of Ulstein Group)
Photo of the sister vessel, Acta Auriga, currently under construction at Ulstein Verft. Photo courtesy: Ulstein Group
Photo of the sister vessel, Acta Auriga, currently under construction at Ulstein Verft. Photo courtesy: Ulstein Group
Acta Marine signs up with Ulstein Verft for the construction of their new SOV vessel, from left Rob Boer (AM) and Kristian Sætre (UVE). Photo courtesy: Ulstein Group
Acta Marine signs up with Ulstein Verft for the construction of their new SOV vessel, from left Rob Boer (AM) and Kristian Sætre (UVE). Photo courtesy: Ulstein Group

Acta Marine, which has an offshore walk to work vessel under construction at Ulstein Verft, has now ordered a second one. This SX195 design is a DP2 Walk to Work Construction Support Vessel (CSV) for the offshore industry.

“Our first CSV, Acta Auriga, at Ulstein Verft will go for sea trials shortly, and we are very pleased with the progress of this project. Returning to Ulstein Verft with an order for a new sister vessel is a strong signal of the importance of the yard’s track record in quality and delivery precision, which is very important to us as ship owner and to our clients. We are quite convinced that the Acta SX195 vessels will create higher efficiency in offshore logistics operations and thus reduce the overall cost of constructing windfarms and, also, contribute towards a higher uptime of the installed base of offshore wind” states Rob Boer, managing director at Acta Marine.

“Acta Marine is firmly positioned in the renewable, and offshore oil & gas, markets. They challenged us in designing a highly flexible and compact vessel, with high capacities for long-term operations in the field, and this vessel is soon to be completed. We look forward to cooperate with Acta Marine again, to bring forward another highly successful W2W construction support vessel,” states CEO Gunvor Ulstein, Ulstein Group.

The SX195 type designed, 93.4m long and 18m wide vessel is optimised for offshore wind. It has a large, centrally positioned SMST provided walk to work motion compensated gangway & elevator tower for personnel and cargo transfers.  And further a 3D compensated SMST crane capable of 6-ton cargo lifts. The optimised on-board logistics includes large storage capacities, of which half is under roof in a controlled environment, and stepless approach to the offshore installations. The vessel can accommodate up to 120 persons.

“Acta Marine is stepping up its activities in offshore wind. These ship designs are flexible and attractive for work within areas such as O&M (Operation and Maintenance) or construction support especially in challenging weather and sea conditions” says Rob Boer.

The vessels are advertised as capable of year-round, North Sea offshore operations in up to 3m significant wave heights.

“We are delighted to receive the feedback from Acta Marine and their trust placed in us with their new shipbuilding contract at Ulstein Verft. As always, we will yet again focus on quality and delivery time and will do our utmost to deliver a state of the art, walk to work offshore wind service vessel to serve in the Acta Marine fleet,” says managing director Kristian Sætre in Ulstein Verft. The vessel is scheduled for delivery Q2 2019.

Acta Marine was recently awarded a 2-year charter for vessel number one, the Acta Auriga, for O&M operations at BARD Offshore 1, Germany.

By Jake Frith

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