On Saturday 28 December, the first of the two sister vessels that are going to be operated by RUE, Atlantis Dweller and Abyss Dweller, was named in a naming ceremony at Westcon shipyard's facilities in Ølen. Around 200 people had taken the time to witness the event, and a part from some drizzle, the weather was perfect for a milestone in RUE's history.
People in national costumes and a marching band made the ceremony very joyful. All the way from Nigeria, a delegation had arrived to add prestige to the ceremony. The King and Queen from the Akwa Ibom state in Eastern Nigeria arrived as the guests of honor, and the Queen, Anawa-Edidem, Lady Comfort E. Oniden, had the honor of being the godmother of the vessel. Also present was the representative of the governor of Akwa Ibom, the minister of commerce, Mr Wilcox. In addition to the above mentioned people, RUE's partners in Nigeria, Omak Maritime and Petro Pride where present.
After the compulsory breaking of the champagne in the vessel and playing of the Nigerian and Norwegian national anthems, the invited guests could step inside to have a look at the vessel for themselves after the Captain of the vessel had welcomed everybody. Cake and refreshments were served and the whole vessel was open for the guests to explore.
After the naming ceremony, the companies and contractors involved in the project gathered at Norwegen Historic Centre to celebrate the completion of the vessel. The vessel will leave for Nigeria late December and will operate in the equatorial waters of West Africa.
Brief about the vessel
The vessel, which is a state of the art Multi Purpose Support Vessel (MPSV), is designed with a very flexible subsea equipment outfit, it can be fitted with two work ROVs and one observation/medium class ROV all under deck in hangars, in addition to a light dive boat used for satellite diving or modulated sat or air/mix diving system together with 1xWORK and OBS ROV in hangar capabilities. Vessel to be outfitted with a 60 T main + 10 whip line AHC crane with all machinery and winches below deck, in addition to a 10 t diving utility crane. Vessel will have flush deck, no cargo rails for easy handling of structures and spools, deck is prepared for over side Module Handling System, which is a RUE concept.
With a length of only 70 meters and berths for 70 people, having a shelter deck of 410 m² and a cargo deck of 195 m², Atlantis Dweller will be a state of the art vessel with massive capabilities in spite of its moderate size. A cost effective vessel, designed by end-users for optimal subsea support.