May 28, 2014 zoom Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to design and equip a large offshore support vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore.The vessel, named Island Victory, will be a multi-functional design with a flexible operational profile, and will be one of the largest vessels in Island Offshore’s fleet.The UT 797 CX design from Rolls-Royce features a 250 ton offshore crane, Remotely Operated Vessels (ROV’s) and a large moon pool. This will enable the vessel to perform heavy anchor handling operations and deep sub-sea installation work.The bollard pull will be more than 400 tons and the vessels will be 123 meters long and encompass a deck area of 1100 square meters.Håvard Ulstein, Island Offshore CEO, said: “This will be an extremely strong workhorse with many capabilities. We are confident that Island Victory will be commissioned fast, as the need for subsea work is rising. The flexibility of also being an excellent anchor handling vessel makes it additionally attractive.”Island Victory will have room for 110 people and will therefore be suitable for use as an accommodation vessel in oilfields.The contract value to Rolls-Royce is approximately GBP 35m (USD 58.5m). Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in the second quarter of 2016.The hull of the vessel will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.
20 February 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets in Berlin tomorrow with key international partners seeking to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians in what his spokesperson said today “is illustrative of the Secretary-General’s desire to reenergize the process.” The meeting of the diplomatic Quartet, comprising the UN, the United States, Russia and the European Union (EU), the second such session this month at principals’ level, will discuss the Palestinian unity government accord reached in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and yesterday’s talks between US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Besides Mr. Ban and Ms. Rice, the others participants are Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, representing the EU Presidency. In a weekend interview (MP3) with UN Radio, Mr. Ban said he hoped that with the establishment of National Unity Government by the Palestinians the vision would soon be realized where Israeli and Palestinian people can live in peace and prosperity side by side. This is the two-State goal of the Quartet’s Road Map peace plan, launched several years ago, which originally set the end of 2005 as the target date for such a solution. “With the National Unity Government we hope that the Palestinian Authority and Israel will further engage in a peace process between the two parties,” Mr. Ban said in the interview. Ever since Hamas won elections early last year and formed a Government, Israel stopped handing over tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestine Authority, and international donors suspended direct aid, calling on Hamas to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. The Quartet reiterated these principles following the Mecca unity government accord in which Hamas, Mr. Abbas’s Fatah and independents will share portfolios.