Skandi Aker - Photo: Harald Valderhaug

Jets™ on ship of the year

(Monday, September 27, 2010)

The subsea service vessel SKANDI AKER, owned by the Norwegian company DOFCON ASA and built at STX Norway Offshore AS – Søviknes, was declared Ship of the Year 2010 by the Norwegian State Secretary Rikke Lind at the SMM 2010 trade show in Hamburg. Jets™ has supplied the Vacuum sanitary system to this highly sophisticated ship including the sewage treatment plant.

SKANDI AKER is built according to the STX Europe OSCV 06 L design and is arranged for deep water riser-based* intervention as well as for shallow water riserless* subsea intervention, including subsea construction and installation work as well as maintenance work. These capacities are unique worldwide. SKANDI AKER cannot be compared with other so-called Well Intervention Vessels, she is technologically far ahead.

The vessel is capable of performing well intervention operations at water depths up to 3,000 metres, while other existing well-intervention vessels are limited to about 800 metres depth. Furthermore, and perhaps the most striking technical feature of this vessel, is that she can operate as a light drilling unit, and thus the ship has been classified as both ship and drilling unit.

SKANDI AKER is operated by Aker Solutions, which is the company responsible for designing the vessel’s well intervention system and solutions. Essentially, the vessel is able to perform deepwater well intervention services that oil companies previously needed expensive drilling rigs to conduct.

The prestigeous SHIP OF THE YEAR-award is instituted by the major Nordic shipping magazine SKIPSREVYEN. Price candidates are nominated by the readers of the magazine, but the final election is the responsibility of a jury consisting of the former MD of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Mr. Rolf Sæther and the MD of the sales and marketing organization Norwegian Shipyards, Mr. Birger Skår and Publisher of SKIPSREVYEN, Mr. Asle B. Strønen.

* A riser is a special pipe used between the sea floor and the surface during drilling operations.

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