DOF ASA's Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV) Skandi Africa, delivered from Vard Søviknes to the subsidiary DOF Subsea, was named “Ship of the Year 2015” at Nor-Shipping 2015 in Oslo.
The award was presented by Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Mrs. Monica Mæland, at the maritime exhibition Nor-Shipping to representatives of DOF Subsea as ship owner and VARD as designer and builder.
Skandi Africa is the latest purpose built state-of-the-art vessel to join the DOF fleet. It is specially designed and equipped for subsea operation duties with a high focus on sea-keeping capabilities, excellent station keeping performance and low fuel consumption. The DP class 3 vessel is designed for harsh environments, and for deep water subsea construction and flexlay operations up to 3,000 m in depth. The ship’s top-side features a 900 metric ton (mt) pedestal mounted crane with subsea lowering system and combined active and passive heave compensation system. In addition, there is a 650 mt tilt-able lay system for flexible pipes, and pipe storage equipment with a 3,500 mt basket. The ROV hangar is equipped with two heavy duty work ROVs launched through moonpools up to 4,000 m water depth. The moonpools have damping zones, according to Vard Design’s sea-keeping capabilities R&D program.
Given Skandi Africa’s impressive capacities, the jury believes that the “Ship of the Year” for 2015 is setting new records within her field of work.