A Maersk’s newbuild recently made its way from Poland to Kleven Yard in Norway. There would be nothing unusual about this, except for the fact that the ship was transferred – in parts.
The photo shows the ship’s modules neatly stacked onboard an Ugland barge, towed by the Svitzer tug Frigga to the yard for final assembly.
The vessel is the first in a series of six Maersk’s Starfish newbuilds (Maersk TBN). All of them are 4,600 dwt anchor handling tug supply vessels suited to dealing with the extreme forces of deep water anchor handling, with a deck capacity of 2,500 t.
The six vessels have an accommodation space for 52 persons, feature a length of 95 m and are of SALT 200 AHTS design from Salt Ship Design.
The ships were ordered in October 2014, when Maersk Supply Service signed a contract with Norway’s Kleven to build six anchor handling vessels, with options for four additional vessels, at its two shipyards, Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft.
The delivery of two vessels, including the abovementioned one, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016. The remaining four vessels are to be delivered in 2017, according to Maersk Supply Service.
World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Maersk/Marius Rosbach