Høvik, Norway, July 2014 – DNV GL has signed agreements for the classification of two newbuilding jack ups with dynamic positioning – Vahana Aryan and Vahana Arjun. The units have been designed for Vahana Offshore (S) Private Limited of Singapore by GustoMSC and will be constructed by Eversendai Offshore RMC FZE, Dubai at their Ras Al Khaimah yard.
From left: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (President of DNV GL Maritime), Narish Nathan (CEO of Eversendai Offshore) and Kenneth Vareide (DNV GL Director of Division – Offshore class)
The agreements were signed by Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen – President of maritime in presence of Kenneth Vareide- Director of Division – Offshore class, Erik Henriksen- Director of Business development, Bas Veerman – Customer Service Manager for the designer of the units GUSTO MSC and Bijali.M.P. – Regional Offshore Class Manager – Middle East & India.
“We are entering to a long term partnership with DNV GL and our plans are not short term and planning for many more newbuildings” said Narish Nathan – CEO of Eversendai offshore who visited the DNV GL head office in Høvik to sign the contracts.
“These are the first NG-2500X designs to be constructed to DNV GL Class,” said Bijali M.P. Regional Offshore manager for Middle East and India. “We will carry out approvals in Dubai, at our jack-up Service Centre. Having this local presence gives our customers local experts on site while also allowing them to easily tap into our global technical network.”
DNV GL worked intensively with Eversendai Offshore in Dubai and GustoMSC in the Netherlands in the build up to the signing. “With support from Offshore Class experts and management in Høvik, we have been able to build what promises to be a very successful relationship with GustoMSC and Eversendai Offshore,” said Bas Veerman, DNV GL Customer Service Manager in The Netherlands. “Our new jack-up rules are playing a significant role in our customers trusting DNV GL with these projects. They give our customers confidence that the units will offer increased safety and reliability, with minimal downtime and a class and service process that offers a minimum of interference in daily operations”.
The 61m x 36m units have four triangular truss type legs 94.2m in length and are capable of operating in depths of up to 70m. Four thrusters provide propulsion for transit, station keeping and offshore positioning. Electrical rack and pinion jacking systems give 2750t preload holding per leg. The jack ups will have a clear deck area of 800m2 with a variable load of 1300t and be equipped with two cranes. The vessels will have the class notation: 1A1 Self Elevating Support unit., E0, DPS2, HELDK, SELF PROPELLED.