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DNV to classify Nam Cheong built OSVs

DNV to classify Nam Cheong built OSVs

Oslo: Malaysia's Nam Cheong Dockyard has signed a contract with Det Norske Veritas to class 10 new offshore support vessels (OSVs). The agreement, signed by Datuk Tiong Su Kouk (pictured left), chairman of Nam Cheong Dockyard, Malaysia and Tor Svensen, COO DNV Maritime (pictured right), will also see DNV provide Certification of Materials and Components for the Rolls Royce UT755LN and UT755CD design vessels due for completion by 2011.

"Within the shipping industry in Southeast Asia, DNV sees a trend towards the high-end offshore market," says Knut Ording, country manager for DNV Maritime in Malaysia. "We also observe that companies in this region are keen to work with DNV for the added value we can provide, based on our vast experience in offshore markets such as the North Sea. In this regard, DNV is delighted to team up with Nam Cheong Dockyard, a quality shipbuilder with over 40 years of success."

Construction of the Nam Cheong OSVs will begin in the first quarter of 2009, with the completion due in mid-2011. The project comprises two UT755LN vessels with Dynamic Positioning II (DP II) notation and eight UT755CD vessels with Dynamic Positioning I (DP I) notation. The vessels are valued at $290m and will either be put into trade by the yard's own management company or sold on the spot market.

DNV's classification of these newbuildings will include plan approval of design drawings and onsite follow-up. The Norwegian class society will also provide the Certification of Materials and Components to be installed onboard. The UT755CD vessels will also have DNV's high environmental performance Clean Design notation and NAUT-OSV bridge design notation.  [09/09/08]