Normand Cutter

Built as a Cable Laying and Repair Vessel. The vessel underwent a major conversion in 2004 at Ulstein Verft to a deepwater subsea construction and umbilical lay DP vessel, and was chartered by Sonsub Saipem.

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:
10,130 tonnes
Draught (max):
7.2 m
Speed (max):
15.7 kn
114 POB
Deck area:
1300 sqm

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration


Ballast water:
5429 cbm
Fresh water:
748 cbm
Fuel oil:
3279 cbm



IMO 9231535

Ship history

2000: After the work had started on the yno 257 (Normand Cutter), Solstad decided to build a sister vessel, yno 258 (Normand Clipper), at Ulstein Verft.

2001: Normand Cutter was delivered in 2001 to Solstad Cable Ships AS, and chartered by TyCom. The vessel, yno 257 at Ulstein Verft, was built as a cable lay and repair vessel of the VS 4125 CLV design. Read particulars on the original vessel.

2004: Normand Cutter underwent a major conversion at Ulstein Verft (yno 20257) to a pipelaying construction crane vessel, and was chartered by Sonsub Saipem. The vessel came to the yard on 5 December 2003, and the conversion was complete in May 2004. 1,300 t of new steel was used in the production of sponsoons, crane base, new accommodation module and ROV hangar. A 300t crane was installed on the port side, and the previously installed 25t crane was moved to the star board side. The sponsoons widened the vessel by 3.6 m from the aft to the wheelhouse. In 60m length, the load deck was strengthened, from 3t/m2 to 10t/m2. A moonpool was installed and three new ROV stations, one of these inside a hangar. A carousel for umibilicals with capacity for 2,500 t was installed. The same type of conversion was carried out on the sister vessel.

2017: Still active. IMO 9231535. 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.

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Please contact us for more information

Ulstein Verft AS

P. O. Box 158
NO-6067 Ulsteinvik

Tel: +47 7000 8000