Aker Yards has entered into a contract with AP. Moller - Maersk AS, for the building of eight Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS). The contract also includes an optional agreement for another two sister vessels. The value of the contract is approx. NOK 3.3 billion.
The series of AHTS vessels is of Vik & Sandvik design, VS 472. Deliveries are scheduled for 2008 and 2009, from Aker Yards in Norway. The vessels are of approx. 73.2 m. length, 20.0 m. breadth and 9.1 m. depth moulded.
Roy Reite, responsible for Offshore & Specialized Vessels in Aker Yards comments: "We are very pleased that AP. Moller - Maersk as a large international shipowner again chose to cooperate with us. This contract is the largest contract signed in the Offhore & Specialized Vessels business area to date, and will give activity well into 2009. It will also create considerable opportunities for numerous of our equipment suppliers and network of subcontractors".
A picture of the vessels is attached.
For further information, please contact:
Tore Langballe, Aker Yards ASA
tel.: +47 907 77 841
Magne Håberg, SVP Marketing and Sales,
Offshore & Specialized Vessels,
tel: +47 91 51 02 31
Aker Yards ASA is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards, with an annual turnover of euro 2 bn, comprises 13 yards in Norway, Finland, Germany, Romania and Brazil and has approximately 13,000 employees. www.akeryards.com
Aker Yards is part of the Aker Group (www.akerasa.com), a leading multi-industry powerhouse with more than 40,000 employees and EUR 7.5 billion revenues. Aker owns 55.6 per cent of Aker Yards, and the group is also a significant
participant in the oil & gas business as well as the fisheries industry.