Following an agreement with fellow Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard Ship Technology, Kleven Verft will complete an unfinished platform supply vessel for Canada’s Atlantic Towing, according to a filing on the Oslo stock exchange
Under the deal, Havyard Ship Technology (HST) will transfer the hull and equipment for Hull No 126 to Kleven, which will enter into a new shipbuilding contract directly with Atlantic Towing.
Two Havyard Group sister companies will support the vessel’s completion. Havyard Design & Solutions will supply its Havyard 833 WE design for the PSV, and Norwegian Electric Systems will deliver the vessel’s energy systems, including battery solutions and control systems.
An Atlantic Towing spokesperson told Offshore Support Journal that the PSV will be delivered in 2020.
Originally, it was thought Kleven would act as a subcontractor to HST for the project to expedite the vessel’s completion. HST and Kleven had been in discussions about a subcontracting arrangement after delays to earlier building projects at the Lervik shipyard impacted the completion of the vessel.
This latest agreement is yet another twist in the construction of the vessel. The original contract for the hull was signed in 2014 by Iceland’s Fafnir Offshore. Havyard cancelled the deal in January 2017 after the buyer failed to make additional pre-delivery payments to delay the vessel’s delivery as a result of the then-oil market slump.
Atlantic Towing purchased the unfinished hull in 2019. To be named Atlantic Harrier when delivered, the PSV will have a length of 89.7 m and beam of 19.6 m, with FiFi class 1, oil recovery and Nofo class notations. With a 1,002-m2 deck area and accommodation for 54, Atlantic Harrier will possess an Ice Class 1B notation, making it capable of operating in both the North Atlantic and North Sea.
Propulsion will be supplied by two 2,100-kW Steerprop SP35 contra-rotating propellers (CRPs). In conjunction with Havyard Design’s hull, the dual-end CRPs are anticipated to provide the high manoeuvrability of azimuth propulsors with low-pressure pulses and noise levels.