Normand Ferking, Solstad’s new anchor handler, is noteworthy for its fuel economy and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, and is equipped with a range of automated technology to enhance safety during anchor handling operations. Most notably, this ship is installed with the first operational example of Triplex’s Multi Deck Handler (MDH).
The primary aim in the development of the MDH – which is based on a remote-controlled travelling crane, running the length of the deck to cover the whole of the work area, with a carriageway between the cargo rail and the outer railing – was to eliminate the most dangerous manual operations on board anchor handling and supply vessels, and to automate them. Triplex is a well known supplier of shark jaws, guide pins, stop pins, clamps and kenterlinks, and developed the MDH in close collaboration with Solstad Technology, a subsidiary of Solstad Offshore.
Having recently been delivered, Normand Ferking has entered into a five-year contract with Statoil. The ship was built by Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk to a Vik-Sandvik VS480 design, which is also noteworthy for its cost-effective combined diesel mechanical/diesel electric propulsion machinery.
Normand Ferking bears the class notation DNV +1A1, ICE-C, Tug, Supply Vessel, Fi-Fi I & II, OilRec, SF, E0, DYNPOS-AUTR, NAUT-OSV, CLEAN DESIGN, LFL*, COMF-V(3), DEICE-C, and is 89.35m overall with length between perpendiculars of 79.35m and a breadth of 22m. On a draft of 7.95m the deadweight is around 4,750 tonnes. Machinery is based around Wärtsilä 8L32-driven diesel generators. The ship’s A-frame was supplied by Odim, and the crane was supplied by Hydramarine.OSJ