Danish ESVAGT Orders a Standby/Rescue Vessel for Goliat Field Offshore Norway


Danish shipping company ESVAGT has ordered a standby/rescue vessel of the Ulstein SX123 design. The vessel is a part of emergency preparedness in the Goliat field for operator Eni and will enter directly into a ten-year contract.

The vessel will be constructed at the shipyard Astilleros Zamakona SA in Bilbao, Spain.

“This contract with ESVAGT is very good news. A customer comes back and orders a design that they have great faith in, and the vessel goes right into a ten-year contract with the oil company ENI after completion, “says managing director Tore Ulstein of Ulstein Design & Solutions.

The vessel will be in readiness for the production unit in the Goliat field off the coast of Finnmark, Norway. The emergency response vessel, which has a diesel electric propulsion system, is one of the most modern on the Norwegian continental shelf. The design is optimized for cold weather and harsh weather conditions. The vessel is equipped with the latest oil spill readiness equipment.


The ship differs particularly from other standby ships because it can accomodate daughter crafts / rescue boats directly on board through a special stern arrangement, even under difficult weather conditions, with waves of up to ten metres. The vessel also has ULSTEIN X-BOW® that, among other advantages, allows higher transit speed in rough weather, reduces fuel consumption, decreases spray, and reduces vibration levels.

The ship will be able to take on board 370 accident victims, and it will be able to operate as tow and salvage vessels. The standby / rescue vessel is 80 metres long and 17 metres wide. It can have a speed of over 16 knots in calm weather, and is furnished for a crew of 40 people.

The contract includes a large package of design, engineering and equipment delivered from the Ulstein Group.

“This contract is important for Ulstein Design & Solutions and strengthens our position as a leading supplier of standby vessels for demanding waters, says Tore Ulstein.

Source: Ulsteingroup, June 18, 2010

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