Aquaship to rebuild 80m supply ship as a wellboat

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Second conversion of an offshore vessel by the company in a year.

The large Platform Supply Vessel ‘Standard Olympus’ will become the wellboat ‘Grip Explorer’ when conversion is completed in a few months.

“We have increased demand and obligations to our regular customers, which means that we need another wellboat,” AquaShip CEO, Sverre Taknes, tells Tidens Krav.

The vessel has already secured a long-term contract.

Built in 2014, ‘Standard Olympus’ has been purchased from the shipping company Standard Drilling. The supply ship is 80 meters long with a deck area of ​​800 square meters and will now be rebuilt into a wellboat with a tank capacity of 3,300 cubic meters.

This is what the new ‘Grip Explorer’ will look like after the rebuild. Illustration: AquaShip

At the very end of last year, AquaShip bought a similar offshore vessel that is now being converted in Turkey to a well boat, called ‘Grip Marine’.

“The conversion of the new vessel, ‘Grip Explorer’, will be quite similar to what we are doing with “Grip Marine” and is an extensive piece of work. The equipment to be placed on board comes mainly from Norwegian and local suppliers and will be the same that we install on board the ship that we have under construction in Turkey,” says Taknes to Tidens Krav.

Kristiansund, Norway based AquaShip has a fleet of 34 service vessels, wellboats, feed boats and process boats.