Bergen to build construction vessel for SAL

BERGEN, NORWAY: Bergen Group, through its subsidiary Bergen Group BMV, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to build a construction vessel with a dynamic positioning system for German shipping company SAL Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG.

The contract value is approximately NOK 1.8 billion (US$282.32 million).If the MOU is approved, which is subject to the Bergen Group board, the vessel is to be delivered in April 2012.Skipsteknisk AS in Ålesund has together with SAL developed the project and will be responsible for the design of the vessel, which will be suitable for deepwater operations on oil and gas fields worldwide. The vessel will be 574 feet (175 m) long with a width of 105 feet (32 m).In particular, the vessel will be outfitted for flexible pipe and umbilical laying, with two carousels below deck, each with a capacity of 3,858 tons (3,500 tonnes). Pipe laying will be carried out through a client-provided vertical laying system or portable laying system, which will be placed over the moonpool.

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