Aker Maritime's Langsten Slip & Båtbyggeri, a shipyard in Romsdal, has been
awarded three new contracts with a combined value of up to USD 102 million
(NOK 900 million). The yard will built two anchor-handling vessels for A.P.
Møller in Denmark as well as an Arctic shrimp trawler for Clearwater Ocean
Prawns Venture in Canada. The contracts will keep the main shipyard and a
variety of its subcontractors busy through 2002. Norwegian shipyards have
reported a blizzard of new contracts signed before Jan. 1. One reason may be
that Norway eliminated its 9 percent shipbuilding subsidy on that date.