Italy: Fincantieri’s Muggiano Shipyard held a naming ceremony on May 19 for the second of twelve supply vessels ordered by German shipowner, Hartmann Logistik.
‘UOS Challenger was built at Fincantieri’s Palermo facility. The first multi-purpose offshore towing and supply vessel was delivered in February 2008. Another ten units, to be built at Fincantieri’s Palermo, Riva Trigoso and Muggiano shipyards, will all be delivered by mid-2010. The ‘UOS Challanger’ has a length of 76.5 metres, a beam of 17.5 metres, a draught of 6.85 metres and a deadweight of over 3,000 tonnes. Equipped with four diesel engines capable of generating 12,000kW, the vessel will be able to reach a maximum speed of 16.3 knots and to develop a bollard pull of 188 tonnes. The new vessel has been designed to obtain the highest class according to ABS regulations. The vessel will be able to operate in all offshore activities and carry out support services for oil rigs and exploratory platforms, open-sea towing, anti-pollution and fire-fighting operations, transport of dry and liquid bulk cargo.