STX OSV Holdings Limited, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, announces that the platform supply vessel Far Solitaire, built by STX OSV Langsten in Norway for owners Farstad Supply, was elected Ship of the Year 2012.
The annual Ship of the Year award recognizes outstanding vessels delivered from a Norwegian yard, and is instituted by major Norwegian shipping magazine Skipsrevyen.
Far Solitaire, of Rolls-Royce’s UT 754WP design, is a chemical tanker compliant supply vessel according to IBC code 2, which was the main reason for the jury to elect this vessel as Ship of the Year 2012. The technologically advanced vessel
has been developed by Farstad Shipping in close co-operation with Rolls-Royce Marine and is the first PSV of this type ever built. Delivery will take place from STX OSV Langsten in October.
STX OSV first announced the contract for this newbuild on 18 November 2010 as part of an agreement to build four vessels for Farstad Shipping. The Group currently has eleven vessels under construction for this long-standing client.
This year’s award marks the seventh time since 2000 that a vessel built by STX OSV has been awarded the title Ship of the Year. In 2009, the Multifunctional Plough/Tug/Supply/Subsea Service Vessel Far Samson, also delivered from STX OSV Langsten to Farstad Shipping, won the coveted prize.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, September 5, 2012