Normand Clipper

Built 2001 as a Cable Laying and Repair Vessel. The vessel underwent a major conversion in 2005 at Ulstein Verft to a deepwater subsea construction and umbilical lay DP vessel. The vessel was chartered by Clough Ltd.

Built by

Ulstein Verft AS



Owned by

Solstad Offshore

Yard number


Ordered by

Solstad Cable Ships AS

IMO Number


Principal dimensions

127.5 m
27 m
Dead weight:
10,050 tonnes
Draught (max):
7.2 m
Speed (max):
16 kn
102 POB
Deck area:
1300 sqm

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration


Ballast water:
5657 cbm
Fresh water:
748 cbm
Fuel oil:
3278 cbm


  • DnV + 1A1, SF, DYNPOS AUTR, E0, HELDK, DK(+), TMON

IMO 9326200

Ship history

2001: Delivered from Ulstein Verft as a Cable Laying and Repair Vessel of the VS 4125 CLV design to Solstad Cable Ships AS. The vessel was chartered by TyCom. Read more about the original vessel.

2005: Normand Clipper underwent a major conversion (yno 20258) at Ulstein Verft to a pipelaying construction crane vessel, the same type of conversion as her sister vessel. The vessel was chartered by Clough Ltd. The extension of the conversion was similar to the newbuild of a platform supply vessel, and was carried out in five months.

Prior to the conversion, the ship accommodated 70. More people are needed for construction work, and the superstructure was lengthened to accommodate more cabins. Also, an ROV hangar and control room, offices and conference rooms were added, new lifeboats and davits. A moonpool for subsea operations was installed. The ship already had a DP2 system, which was upgraded, and the DP control desks were moved to the aft bridge. New manoeuver desks were installed aft. Ulstein Verft mounted the crane pedestal for a 250t heave compensated offshore crane on the port side. A new trafo and switchboard room securing the crane electricity was installed. The 25t-crane previously positioned on the port side was moved to the starboard side, and was upgraded for a depth of 500m. The ship was widened 3.6 m by mounting side tanks on either side. The increased beam was needed for extra deck equipment, but also to compensate for the weight displacement when the largest of the cranes is in use. The amount of new steel in the vessel counts to approx. 1,300t. The work deck needed extra strengthening to sustain a full load of pipes and equipment. The distance between the ribs was reduced and several decks were reinforced. The deck can tolerate 10t per m2, compared to the previous 3t per m2.

2012: Commenced on a five-year contract for Ocean Installer. The company refers to the vessel as a Construction Support Vessel (CSV) , well suited for both shallow and deep water operations. With her DP class 2 system, 250t crane capacity and 1700m² deck, she is rated as a highly efficient CSV in the subsea construction market.

2017: Still active - IMO 9236200. Flag: Douglas, Isle of Man, UK

From June 2017, Deep Sea Supply, Solstad Shipping and Farstad Shipping became one joint shipowning company, from 1 October 2018 the joint company is named Solstad Offshore.

January 2019: Contract for Rever Offshore UK Ltd on North Sea work, contract period a minimum of 120 days.

Please contact us for more information

Ulstein Verft AS

P. O. Box 158
NO-6067 Ulsteinvik

Tel: +47 7000 8000