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Most advanced diving support vessel delivered by STX Europe

On 17th March 2009, STX Europe delivered an advanced diving support vessel to Doftech DA (owned by DOFCON and Technip) from its Søviknes yard. The vessel that is designed by STX Europe is constructed and certified for worldwide trading, and will serve an 8 year charter contract for Technip UK Ltd.

The formal naming ceremony will take place in Søvik on March 28th. The vessel will be named Skandi Arctic. With its 157 meters length and 27 meters breadth it is a giant. The Skandi Arctic is a purpose designed and built diving support vessel suitable for the demanding North Sea market and capable of working throughout the year in virtually all sea and weather conditions. The Skandi Arctic provides services which include saturation dive support for offshore construction and Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) operations.

The vessel is one of the most modern diving support vessels in the world thanks to its Hyperbaric Monitoring and Control System which is used to support the 24-man diving chamber complex. The vessel is designed with special emphasis on good sea-keeping abilities and excellent station-keeping performance. The Skandi Arctic is environmentally friendly with low fuel consumption and features which comply with DNV Clean Design requirements.

The STX Europe OSCV 06 L DSV design is among the most effective for a vessel of this kind. The vessel hull has been optimized through an extensive calm water and sea keeping model test programme resulting in excellent performance both in calm water and waves.

Skandi Arctic has accommodation capacity for 140 persons in 58 single cabins and 41 double cabins. The vessel is designed for comfort and well being for the crew. On board there is a cinema, library, gymnasium as well as several rest- and dayrooms.  

The OSCV 06 L DSV is designed by STX Norway Offshore Design in Ålesund, the hull is built by STX Europe in Romania, and the STX Europe yard Søviknes has been responsible for the outfitting and completion of the vessel. The integrated automation system, power management, switchboards and so on are supplied by STX Norway Electro.

Skandi Arctic

Offshore Subsea Construction and Diving Support Vessel

Built by:            STX Europe at Søviknes
Owner:              Doftech DA
Yard No:           702
Delivered:         March 2009
Design:             STX Norway Offshore Design - OSCV 06 L DSV
Length:             156.90 m
Breadth:            27.00 m
Depth m.d.:      12.00 m
Speed:             17.4 knots

Technical information and photos can be found at

For further information please contact:

STX Europe

Offshore & Specialized Vessels

Hege Anita Akselvoll, Communications Manager, Tel +47 91 69 00 51

Magne Håberg, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing,   Tel +47 91 51 02 31



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. 39 000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy. 




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