Maersk Supply Service’s new vessels
- In 2014 Maersk Supply Service signed a new-building contract with Kleven Maritime A/S for six Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels
- The vessels are being built at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway with a total budget above USD 0.5 billion. The building of one vessel takes around 18 months from steel cutting to delivery
- Built for deep water operations, the Starfish vessels are designed for maximum reliability, safety and uptime with a length of 95m and beam of 25m
- Potential customers are international oil companies and construction companies worldwide. Delivery of the first vessels will take place in Q1 2017. The last vessel will be delivered during Q4 2017
The series – which follows a previous one about construction of Triple-E vessels, which reached more than 34 million people – will be a 6x60’ documentary-style series with filming mainly in Denmark, Norway and South Korea, to be broadcasted in late 2016. Maersk Drilling’s Maersk Viking drillship is due to feature in another Discovery series, Mighty Ships.
The state-of-the art Starfish vessels are designed to provide customers with a reliable and efficient service in anchor handling and towing, and can also carry goods to and from offshore facilities and perform oil recovery operations. The high quality of services can help to keep assets at work in the current tough oil industry supply markets.
“The engineering is really impressive,” says Peter Oxley, Series/Executive Producer at Windfall Films, which is filming the series for Discovery Communications. “We’re dealing with massive and highly complex machines that all have something special about them.
“Another thing we find exciting as film-makers, is that on this series we’ve tried to humanise it a bit more and feature more of the people behind the stories.”
There are several innovative features on the Starfish vessels, including an anchor recovery frame that simplifies operations over the stern roller, and a deck handling gantry crane with remotely operated clamping hand.
Insulation on the main engine and the connected system help to prevent an engine room fire and a hybrid propulsion solution allows the possibility of selecting the most optimal operating mode for the task at hand.