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Norwegians target Offshore India

Norwegians target Offshore India

Mumbai: Little more than a year after first approaching the Indian offshore market, Fosnavaag-based Havila International ASA is providing designs for new fewer than eight anchor handling tugs under construction in India for owners including the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).

Havila International president Gunnar Larsen is surprised at the speed of the take-up but believes there is much more potential off the Indian coast. The Norwegian builder is providing design packages for two types of anchor handlers. Four of its Havyard 842 units are being built at ABG Shipyard for delivery commencing the second half of 2009. Meanwhile SCI has ordered four Havyard 841 anchor handlers at Bharati Shipyard, with delivery due from the first quarter of 2010.

Working through local owner and now its agent Garware Offshore Services, Havila is providing detailed design packages for the vessels. These will include bringing some Indian yard personnel to its facilities in Norway as well as sending its own design specialists to India at key stages of construction.

Elsewhere in Asia, Havyard designs are proving popular. They have been chosen by Swire Pacific Offshore for the construction of four anchor handlers at Drydocks World - Singapore, formerly Pan United Marine, with delivery scheduled from the first quarter of 2011. And Havyard 842 designs will be used for four new vessels to be built at Yuexin Shipyard in Guangzhou, China. The ships, which are due to be commissioned from the first half of next year, will be owned by a joint venture comprising Havila Shipping and Singapore's PACC Group.