Van Aalst Marine & Offshore reports the successful commissioning of the first CargoMaxx-equipped platform supply vessel ‘Rem Hrist’ by Remøy Shipping of Norway. The vessel, built by Ulstein Verft of Ulsteinvik, is equipped with six Multi Application Tanks that can carry both dry bulk and liquid cargoes. Designated CargoMaxx, these tanks allow for delivering dry bulk cargo to the platform and utilizing the same tanks for drill cuttings taken to shore on the return trip. Following a successful first performance at Seadrill's West Alpha platform in the North Sea, the ‘Rem Hrist’ has gone straight into a long term charter contract with Statoil.
Designed and built by Van Aalst Group, a similar set of CargoMaxx tanks has been installed on board sister vessel ‘Rem Mist’, which is due for delivery in June. The advanced cargo system offers the great benefit of making full use of a supply vessel's capacity both on the way to the platform and back to shore. Van Aalst Group CEO Wijnand van Aalst: “We are extremely proud to see our system proving itself from day one. We trust the unique cargo flexibility as well as the environmental benefits of the CargoMaxx concept have added a strong argument for Remøy in winning their long term contract with Statoil for both of these vessels.”
Several more new buildings with CargoMaxx technology on board are presently in progress, including two Havyard design PSVs for Supply Service of the Faroe Islands and another one for Sartor Offshore of Norway.