Solstad Offshore secures work for Normand Maximus vessel

Norwegian vessel owner Solstad Offshore has signed a contract for the offshore construction vessel Normand Maximus to support operations for an unnamed client in Latin America.

A photo of Normand Maximus vessel (Courtesy of Solstad Offshore)
Normand Maximus vessel (Courtesy of Solstad Offshore)

The estimated duration of the contract is five months, including mobilization and de-mobilization, according to Solstad Offshore.

The contract is scheduled to being during December 2020, the vessel owner informed.

Normand Maximus is equipped with a 900-tonne active heave compensated offshore crane and a 550-ton top tension vertical lay-system, enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in ultra-deepwater environments.

The vessel also has a 4,000-ton under-deck carousel for storage of flexible pipes, cables, and umbilicals.

To remind, Solstad Offshore has in September 2020 received a notice of early termination of the charter party for the Normand Maximus vessel from Italian offshore contractor Saipem.

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The early termination was given to Normand Maximus Operations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solstad Offshore and owner of the vessel.

At the time, Solstad said it expects that the vessel will be engaged on new projects within a reasonable timeframe.