STX Europe has this week delivered its newbuilding No 704 Far Samson from the Langsten yard to the Farstad Shipping subsidiary Farstad Construction in Ålesund.
The vessel has now departed for Edinburgh for the formal naming ceremony, scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th March.
"Having the opportunity to build this highly specialized and advanced vessel is prestigious for STX Europe. We are proud of, once again, being chosen by Farstad for the building of their state-of-the-art specialized ship" says Steinar Nerbøvik, yard director at Langsten.
This purpose-built vessel, with a length of 121 metres and a beam of 26 meters, is designed by Rolls-Royce Marine for its main purpose to pull a heavy plough on the sea bed to bury and cover oil and gas pipelines into the sea bed. To serve this purpose the vessel has a main propulsion machinery and additional electric boost power giving a propulsion effect of more than 26 000 kW on the main propellers, giving a record-breaking maximum bollard pull of 423 tons.
With its moonpool, 250 tons crane and 315 tons A-frame, both active heave compensated, a DP3 dynamic positioning system and a work class Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) the vessel is a fully equipped subsea construction vessel, able to perform lift and installation work operations on the sea bed, down to 3 500 metres water depth.
The hybrid power and propulsion systems enable diesel mechanic or diesel electric operation, thus giving both the extreme power for pulling purposes and an energy optimized, flexible and environmentally friendly power production when operating in diesel electric DP mode. Also on the environment account, she is a clean design vessel, with no oil tanks directly towards the outer shell and with catalytic exhaust cleaning.
The environment for the 100 persons crew and onboard personnel are also taken well care of, with noise levels, vibration and indoor climate in compliance with Comfort class requirements.
Facts about Far Samson:
Multifunctional Plough / Tug / Supply / Subsea Service vessel
Built by: STX Europe at Langsten
Owner: Farstad Construction
Yard No: 704
Delivered: March 2009
Design: Rolls-Royce Marine - UT 761 CD
Length: 121.50 m
Breadth: 26.00 m
Depth to main deck: 10.50 m
Speed: approx. 20 knots at draft 6.5 m
For further information please contact:
STX Europe, Offshore & Specialized Vessels:
Hege Anita Akselvoll, Communications Manager: Tel +47 916 90 051
Magne Håberg, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing: Tel +47 915 10 231
STX Europe (former Aker Yards) is an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise and offshore vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. STX Europe comprises 15 shipyards in Finland, France, Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam, and is also a part owner of three yards in Germany and Ukraine. STX Europe has approx. 16 000 employees. Formerly known as Aker Yards, the group changed its name to STX Europe in November 2008.
STX Europe's owner, the international industrial group STX, has approximately. 40 000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.