The largest Ulstein X-Bow ship to date, the Island Constructor, was launched Sunday. The ship will be delivered to Island Offshore at the end of May.
The ship is majestic. While inside the 40-metre-high dock hall at Ulstein Verft, she spanned nearly to the ceiling, while several metres of her stern was sticking outside the hall gate. Before she was launched Sunday, it was therefore hard to form a true impression of the ship, but finally she has arrived in free air.
"It is an impressive ship, and world-class innovation," states Ulstein Verft project manager Runar Muren.
Island Constructor is the fourth Ulstein X-Bow vessel to be realized, and the very first in the Ulstein S-series, "S" meaning "specialized vessels". She will be fitted with a large tower in order to carry out state-of-the-art well intervention offshore.
The Ulstein SX121 is also the largest Ulstein X-Bow ship to date, measuring 120.2 metres long and 25 metres wide.
The three other ships with the Ulstein X-Bow were all built for shipowner Bourbon Offshore Norway. These are the anchor handling vessel Bourbon Orca, and the platform supply vessels Bourbon Mistral and Bourbon Monsoon.
From the beginning of 2008 through the end of 2010, Ulstein Design will deliver 20 Ulstein X-Bow ship designs to seven shipowners.