Kleven has signed a deal with Maersk Supply Service to construct six anchor handling vessels, with an option for four more.
The vessels will be of the SALT 200 AHTS design from Salt Ship Design and will be 95m in length.
The AHTS vessels will be constructed at the Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft shipyards in Norway.
"With this contract, Maersk Supply Service is once again placing a new building order in Norway, and with this we have taken the next step in our extensive newbuilding programme, renewing our fleet with focus on large anchor handling tug supply and subsea support vessels. The contract now concluded with Kleven is an important part of the realisation of our ambitious growth strategy," said CEO in Maersk Supply Service, Carsten Plougmann Andersen.
The six initial vessels are scheduled for delivery between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017. If all options are exercised the final vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.
In a statement Kleven announced that a number of Norwegian equipment manufacturers and suppliers will be working on the project, “creating value widely across the Norwegian maritime community.”