FAR SOLITAIRE elected Ship of the Year 2012

By Peter Pospiech at September 20, 2012 12:12
Filed Under: Company News

Built by STX OSV Langsten for owners Farstad Shipping ASA, the unique offshore platform service vessel FAR SOLITAIRE was declared Ship of the Year 2012 by the Norwegian state secretary of trade and industry Halvard Ingebrigsten.
FAR SOLITAIRE is a chemical tanker-compliant supply vessel according to IBC Code 2, which is the main reason why the jury elected it Ship of the Year 2012. It is capable of undertaking all aspects of offshore platform services. The technologically advanced vessel was developed by Farstad Shipping ASA in close cooperation with Rolls-Royce Marine and is the first PSV of this type ever built (SOLITAIRE: one of a kind). Delivery will take place in October 2012.
Over the years, the offshore oil industry has become more and more dependent on chemicals and noxious liquids in order to improve operational efficiency and maintain safety standards. At the same time, restrictions on offshore disposal of the same have become more stringent for environmental reasons. These liquids need to be transported to and from the offshore installations, and capable platform supply vessels fit this purpose. However, a conventional offshore supply vessel defined by the rules applying to cargo vessels may carry a maximum of 800 cubic metres of these liquids on board at a time, which is often insufficient for the operator and does not utilize the vessel’s overall capacity.
Other features highlighted by the jury are the ship’s wave-piercing bow design, the development of a new cargo rail crane concept for PSV’s and the introduction of a frequency converter for the swing-up thruster as power supply for shore power. During the project development, Rolly-Royce was charged by Farstad to pay close attention to the impact on the environment that the construction and operation of this vessel would cause through its lifespan. The main parameters for the concept were laid out by Farstad.

FAR SOLITAIRE at the STX OSV Langsten yard

Image: courtesy of Farstad Shipping ASA


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would like to know more details and what parameters enable it to win the prize
Thanks for publishing
Ranjith Gurugamage

Ranjith Gurugamage |     10/3/2012 9:27:30 PM #

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