Ulstein, a Norwegian provider for ship design and shipbuilding, has signed a contract on Nov 8 with Britoil Offshore Services to provide the design and equipment packages for its two platform supply vessels.
The vessels with Ulstein’s new PX121 designs will be constructed at Britoil’s own yard in Indonesia, on the island Batam. The X-BOW vessels will mark Britoil’s entry into the PSV market.
“Britoil is a new customer for Ulstein,” says deputy CEO Tore Ulstein, “and we are very happy that the company is now selecting Ulstein designs for their entry into a new market segment. We strongly believe that Britoil will find the new PX121 vessels to be a cost-effective and attractive complement to their fleet,” says Ulstein.
While having the same hull lines as “Blue Fighter” and “Blue Prosper”, both delivered from Ulstein Verft in 2012 to Blue Ship Invest, Britoil’s vessels will be customized according to Britoil’s requirements. This includes one extra accommodation deck, allowing for a total complement of 50 persons. The ships will be built according to IMO’s SPS Code (special purpose ships), and will have OILREC class notation (oil spill recovery in emergency situations).
Britoil has a current fleet of 40 vessels, mainly anchor handling tugs and barges.
This contract marks the first time an Ulstein-designed vessel will be constructed at an Indonesian yard.