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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 

Acta Marine’s newbuild Walk to Work vessel 'Acta Centaurus' has been delivered from Ulstein Verft and is about to set sail for her first offshore wind assignment.

Ulstein says that high quality and delivery precision were crucial when Acta Marine placed its second order with the company. 

“Building on experience with our first Ulstein Walk to Work construction support vessel Acta Auriga delivered to us last year, we are highly confident that Acta Centaurus will be very well suited to operate in the offshore, and specifically the renewable market. We will now get ready to bring her out to the Offshore Wind Farm to commence work,” said Rob Boer, MD Acta Marine.

“We know how important it is to get a vessel completed on time. This has been achieved through good cooperation between Acta Marine and Ulstein on all levels” said Kristian Sætre, MD Ulstein Verft. “We feel certain that the Acta Centaurus will be a good work platform for the owner and their clients.”

The on-board logistics of this vessel considered the flow of people in various work operations. The vessel offers cargo areas totalling 1,000m2, inside and outside, with a container skidding system and space for 24 containers. All cargo handling is centralised, with stepless transfer to the cargo and personnel lift, and likewise over to the wind turbines or offshore platform. In addition, Acta Centaurus is fitted with a helideck to further support offshore operations. The overall logistics and the SMST motion compensated gangway, and integrated elevator tower will secure safe and stepless transfers of people and cargo in significant wave height up to 3m. A SMST 3D motion compensated knuckle boom crane can handle 6t cargo in sea conditions up to Hs 2.5m.

Acta Centaurus features hotel-style’ accommodation for up to 120 persons, with office and work spaces available for charterers. The vessel offers very low noise and vibration levels which are rated over for DNV-GL comfort level V2 class.

The ship features Ulstein's X-Bow and X-Stern designs. The X-Bow assists transiting in heavy seas, reducing slamming and vibrations with a positive impact on the well-being on board. The X-Stern has similar qualities to the X-Bow and will secure a higher in-field flexibility and improved winter workability. When keeping the stern facing the weather on DP, the vessel will be able to stay positioned with lower thruster load, resulting in a lower fuel consumption.

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