“Ship of the Year 2009”: Far Samson

‘Far Samson’, designed by Rolls-Royce and built by STX Europe for Farstad Shipping in Norway, will receive Offshore Support Journal’s “Ship of the Year 2009” award.

Rolls-Royce developed the design of the UT 761 CD working closely with Farstad to meet the terms of a long-term charter contract. ‘Far Samson’, which was formally named and delivered in March, has demonstrated a continuous bollard pull of 423 tonnes using all available power and more than 377 tonnes using her main propulsion system. Apart from its world record-breaking bollard pull, ‘Far Samson’ is an innovative vessel in many respects, and incorporates a wide range of new technology. It is a multifunctional offshore vessel and is capable of carrying out heavy ploughing operations for pipes and cables on the seabed, as well as subsea installation work in ultra-deepwater, along with towing, deploying ROVs and conducting a range of subsea operations. The vessel can cut trenches in the seabed in water up to 1,000 metres deep.

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