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Akastor hires Kleven to refit Aker Wayfarer for subsea use offshore Brazil

29th October 2014

Kleven's Myklebust Verft in Gursken, Norway, has signed a contract for modification of the Aker Wayfarer vessel to become a deepwater subsea equipment support vessel (SESV)

Akastor hires Kleven to refit Aker Wayfarer for subsea use offshore Brazil
157-metres long and 27-metres wide, Aker Wayfarer will be the largest vessel that has been in dock at Myklebust Verft

The contract is entered into with Ocean Yield ASA, a ship owning company with investments within oil-service and industrial shipping.

The vessel is under long-term charter with AKOFS Offshore.

Aker Oilfield Services (AKOFS) is an Akastor subsidiary (following Aker Solutions’ split into two operating companies, Akastor and Aker Solutions, in September) and won a contract worth USD 465m from Petrobras to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil for over five years from the Aker Wayfarer vessel.

The Aker Wayfarer is due to commence operations after completion of the modification work scheduled within Q4 2016.

At Myklebust Verft, the vessel will be modified in order to become a deepwater subsea equipment support vessel, allowing it to install and retrieve subsea trees and modules, including subsea structures and manifolds.

157-metres long and 27-metres wide, Aker Wayfarer will be the largest vessel that has been in dock at Myklebust Verft.

"We acquired this dock two years ago, in order to facilitate service, repair and rebuilding of larger offshore vessels, just like Aker Wayfarer," said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven. "Myklebust Verft's location, in the very heart of the maritime cluster at Sunnmøre, is a great advantage for all parties involved, and this project serves as a great example of local cooperation between Kleven, Vard and Rolls-Royce."

Aker Wayfarer is designed by Vard Design, and delivered from Vard Søviknes in 2010.

Rolls-Royce in Hjørungavåg will deliver the top-side equipment.

John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce president commercial marine, said: "This is a very important contract for Rolls-Royce, and it shows that the offshore industry has taken yet another step in accepting the superior performance of synthetic fibre ropes for lifting operations in deep and ultra-deep waters."

A similar system was installed by Rolls-Royce in 2009 on-board the AKOFS operated subsea equipment support vessel Skandi Santos, which has now been on contract with Petrobras for nearly five years. The vessel has successfully installed and retrieved subsea trees and modules in water depths up to 2,300 metres.

Geir Sjøberg, CEO of AKOFS Offshore, said: "Skandi Santos has been rated by Petrobras as one of their top performing vessels. Its track record makes us confident in the decision to install the handling system from Rolls-Royce on Aker Wayfarer."

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