NKT Victoria - Ship of the Year 2017

ABB haDuring a ceremony at the NorShipping exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway, Norway’s Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion Ms. Anniken Hauglie presented the award, in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

The prize was presented to the vessel owner President and CEO of NKT Michael Lyng, shipbuilder Kleven’s CEO Ståle Rasmussen, design company Salt Ship Design’s CEO Arne Stenersen and captain of the vessel, Svein Ole Sæter.

The jury has recognized NKT Victoria’s state-of-the-art capacities and innovations as a world leading cable-laying vessel. She represents the best competence within Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding, according to the jury. “I am proud that NKT Victoria is awarded the Ship of the Year Prize.

The innovative NKT Victoria is one-of-a-kind, not only within this particular area of the shipping industry, but also in the cable industry. With this vessel, we are now able to offer our customers complete cable solutions, from design and manufacture to installation and service – as one of a very few cable providers in the world”, said Michael Lyng, President and CEO of NKT.

“As proud shipbuilders, it is a wonderful recognition that NKT Victoria has been proclaimed Ship of the Year. This project is a great example of the strength of Norwegian ship design and ship building in tough international competition. Close cooperation between NKT, Salt Ship Design and Kleven has resulted in a vessel that is future-oriented, competitive and highly innovative,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.

“Building NKT Victoria, one of the world’s most advanced and fuel-efficient cable-laying vessel, has been a challenging first, but we are used to handling ‘firsts’ at Kleven. That is how you survive in this business – by having skilled and experienced employees who take on every challenge you give them,” Mr Rasmussen said.

“We are honored to see NKT Victoria being awarded the prize, and our ship designers have really enjoyed the great teamwork behind this successful vessel. Working closely with NKT - a global leading pioneer in the cable industry and Kleven - a first class shipbuilder, has resulted in a purpose made vessel with impressive operational features. Great collaboration – leads to great results,” said Arne Stenersen, CEO of Salt Ship Design

s signed a project-specific agreement to provide safety and automation systems for Statoil at the Johan Castberg oilfield off the coast of Norway.

Statoil has issued the first call-off from the agreement covering front-end engineering and design (FEED).

ABB oil, gas and chemical business managing director Per Erik Holsten said: “We appreciate to be involved at such an early stage in the project. Together with Statoil, we can immediately develop standard design solutions using our world-class 800xA safety and automation system.

“The innovative approach streamlines project execution, and helps reduce capital expenditure.”

The agreement is the first for the project and includes a right to order the actual system when the final investment decision is taken.

Johan Castberg oilfield hosts proven resources of 450 million to 650 million barrels of oil. The field is estimated to produce oil for a furthe than 30 years.

Holsten stated that ABB will assist by providing its experience in oil and gas production and optimisation. The company has been developing safety and automation systems for more than four decades.

Holsten added: “For offshore fields like Johan Castberg located in the Barents Sea, having state-of-the-art safety and automation systems is absolutely critical.

"The innovative approach streamlines project execution, and helps reduce capital expenditure."
“Possible future condition-based and predictive maintenance, and remote monitoring and operations, may further reduce exposing humans and nature to risks. At the same time, such services may decrease the operational expenditures and increase productivity.”

Currently, ABB engineers are conducting front-end engineering and design (FEED) in collaboration with Statoil.

The FEED is expected to continue until fourth quarter of this year following which the final investment decision will be taken.

ABB has provided safety and automation systems to several onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities above the Arctic Circle in Norway.