Photo: Atlantic Harrier; Source: Havyard

Havyard outsources construction of Atlantic Towing’s PSV to Kleven

The Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has outsourced the construction of a newbuild platform supply vessel (PSV) for Canadian shipping company Atlantic Towing to Kleven.

Atlantic Harrier; Source: Havyard

Havyard said on Friday that the work at Kleven Verft would start work in February with delivery to the customer during the summer of 2020.

“Delays to earlier building projects at the yard in Leirvik have had a ripple effect on the completion of the remaining order book, leading to a need to relieve the workload at the Leirvik facility,” the company stated.

To ensure completion of the vessel and other ongoing projects without significant delays, Havyard decided to outsource the PSV completion to Kleven as a subcontractor.

The contract is part of the main project towards completion of Havyard’s remaining order book, which comprises seven newbuilds in total. In early December 2019, Havyard reported that it entered into contracts to ensure completion of the ships being fitted out at the yard.

The deal with Kleven is a two-part contract, and the first part covering planning and the pilot project is already underway. The final contract will be clarified in the following few weeks with the provision that satisfactory construction loan funding is provided.

It is worth reminding that the vessel was originally ordered by Iceland’s Fafnir in April 2014, with delivery originally expected in July 2015.

After initially agreeing to delay the delivery, Havyard in January 2017 canceled the PSV delivery order deal it had had with Fafnir Offshore, as the latter failed to secure a long-term charter or financing which was a pre-requisite for the delivery.

Havyard found a buyer for the vessel in June 2017. At the time, the company did not say who the new client was, but Atlantic Towing revealed itself as the buyer later in the month. The named selected for the vessel was the Atlantic Harrier.

The Atlantic Harrier will be an 89.7-meter vessel with a 1,002 square meter deck area, and accommodations for 54 people. The vessel possesses an Ice Class 1B notation and is designed to withstand the harsh operating conditions of both the North Atlantic and the North Sea.

Equipped with a hybrid battery-diesel-electric propulsion package, contra-rotating propulsion drives, Clean Design notation, and Tier III low emission engines, the Atlantic Harrier will leverage 650-kilowatts of installed battery power to reduce fuel consumption during transit, DP-2 and standby activities.

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