Having recently taken delivery of a diamond exploration and sampling vessel from the yard, De Beers is planning to return to Kleven Verft in Norway for a seabed mining vessel.
De Beers Marine Namibia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kleven for an offshore vessel designed to support seabed mining operations.
The vessel, designed, like the earlier vessel, Nujoma, by Norwegian design company Marin Teknikk, will be 176 m in length with a breadth of 27 m, making it the longest vessel to date to be built at Kleven in Ulsteinvik, Norway.
The MT 6027 design is derived from Marin Teknikk's long-established and highly regarded MT offshore series, which have been built in large numbers. It will have accommodation for 109 people and will be designed to meet the requirements of ECO (Clean Design) class notation. A key focus of the design will be low fuel consumption. The vessel will have diesel-electric frequency controlled propulsion, highly efficient azimuth thrusters, a four-point mooring system and dynamic positioning.
“We are really pleased to continue our partnership with De Beers Marine Namibia, and to work with them on the realisation of this extraordinary vessel. At this stage it is an MoU, but both parties have every intention of turning this into a firm agreement during the first few months of 2018,” Kleven's chief executive, Ståle Rasmussen said. Kleven delivered Nujoma to De Beers in June 2016.
“With unrivalled sample quality and fuel consumption 30% lower than expected, Nujoma has been a success story for us from the start. We are really pleased with the vessel and the great partnership we have with Kleven and Marin Teknikk, and the realisation of a mining vessel is the natural next step for us,” said Mike Curtis, head of projects in De Beers Marine.