The event took place at CRIST, Poland, signifying the commencement of production. The vessel's hull will take shape in Gdynia before being transported to Ulstein Verft for further outfitting, testing and completion.
Matthias Müller, the Managing Director at Bernhard Schulte Offshore, commented on the steel-cutting: “We are very happy to be back at the shipyard and to kick off the production of the first CSOV as part of our newbuilding contract with Ulstein Verft.”
The vessels have been designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, and features the new TWIN X-STERN solution, with main propellers fore and aft, ideal for DP operations.
When signing the design & shipbuilding contracts, Müller expressed that "The reliability and characteristics in design and construction work that we have experienced in previous newbuilding and conversion projects led us to Ulstein again. Their commitment to innovation and the outstanding quality were key factors, and the excellent reputation of our existing fleet of Ulstein SOVs shows that the market appreciates these criteria."
Bernhard Schulte Offshore's next CSOVs
The CSOVs have a centrally located motion-compensated gangway for walk-to-work operations, a lift tower for the transfer of personnel and cargo, and the capacity to accommodate 132 people on board.