Following a naming ceremony at Vard Langsten, 123-m multi-purpose installation vessel Island Victory entered the spot market, before commencing a series of charters that could keep it busy until the end of October
Chartered for support work in the Barents Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, Island Victory was built under a contract signed in 2014 by owner Island Offshore Group, a joint venture majority controlled by the Ulstein and Chouest families.
Designed by Kongsberg Maritime, Island Victory is a UT 797 CX offshore installation vessel, with an overall length of 123 m, beam of 25 m, deck space of 1,200 m2 and accommodation for 110. Equipped with an offshore crane with a capacity of 250 tonnes, two remotely operated vehicles and a large moon pool, Island Victory is capable of pre-laying anchor systems and anchor handling, installing subsea equipment, performing well maintenance, and supporting offshore windfarm development.
Island Offshore Management managing director Tommy Walaunet said the vessel has already drawn great interest in the market. “Having jobs lined up in coming months confirms this and is highly appreciated,” said Mr Walaunet. “We expect the interest and work opportunities will increase as we enter into operation and prove the vessel and crew capabilities.”
Highly capable and powerful, Island Victory recorded traction of 477 tonnes during bollard pull tests, making it well suited for heavy tows and installation duties. The vessel can also hold two whole anchor spreads on deck.
Commenting on the delivery of the new multi-purpose vessel, Vard general manager offshore and specialised vessels Erik Haakonsholm, said, “Island Victory is built on strong relations between colleagues in Island Offshore, Kongsberg and VARD, with a common drive to create something new and different together.”