Maritime company, Kleven has signed a contract with De Beers Marine Namibia to build a highly specialised vessel for deep water mineral exploration.
The vessel, which will be of the MT 6022 design by Marine Teknikk, has been used well in the offshore construction segment, but will be tailor made to include specialised equipment and features for De Beers.
"Underwater mineral exploration is a new segment for Kleven, and we look forward to working closely with De Beers on the realisation of this highly advanced vessel. We have had a strong cooperation with Marin Teknikk for many years, developing a number of prototypes together, and our offshore experience and expertise combined with De Beers competence and innovative strategy on this field has led to the development of this unique vessel," says Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.
The agreement has been split into two separate phases with final building approval to be made in quarter 1 of 2015.
The ship will be build at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled to be delivered in June 2016.
Kleven’s total order book now stands at 18 vessels worth a total of approximately NOK 12 billion.