The CAHV (Construction Anchor Handling Vessel) Skandi Skolten is a new-age vessel of its kind, operated by the conglomerate DOF Subsea. Commissioned in the year 2009, the vessel began its operational duty from 2010 and is the second vessel of the same type ordered by the company.
Built in Europe’s STX shipyards located in Romania (vessel hull) and Norway (vessel equipping), the Skandi Skolten is regarded to be one of the top quality vessels of her cadre, internationally. Suited to delve into various kinds of oceanic deepness, the Skandi Skolten offers the feasibility of being operable in all kinds of oceanic weather conditions.
In addition to these features, the Skandi Skolten as compared to her other CAHV peers, offers better economy in terms of fuel intake while providing a higher rate of speed. The designing of the vessel also ensures better constancy and manoeuvring in the water for its operators.
In terms of specifications, the vessel:
- Has a length of 108 metres, breadth of 24 metres, a depth of 9.8 metres and a draft of 7.8 metres
- Has a maximum speed of nearly 18 knots
- Has a gross tonnage of almost 8,300 tonnes with a dead weight tonnage of nearly 4,600 tonnes
Having a deck area of over 1,000 square metres, the CAHV offers a lading capacity of 10 metres for every square metre of deck area. Additionally, the CAHV also has a separate helipad – referred to as a heli-deck – where a Sikorsky class copter can be air docked.
The vessel’s equipments are state-of-the-art and feature prominently when the vessel’s features are discussed. Skandi Skolten is equipped with a Class II DPS and is also has a DGPS – a satellite positioning system.
The ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Triton XLX however, forms the highlight in the vessel’s cache of equipments as it enables sustained and effectual operations for considerably longer time durations. A primary crane along with two ancillary cranes and a primary winch bearing the support of two ancillary winches complete the equipment galore of the Skandi Skolten.
The primary crane offers a lading capacity of about 250 tonnes, spread over a range of 13 metres. The first ancillary crane offers a lading capacitance of 3 tonnes spread over a range of 10 metres while the second ancillary crane offers a lading capacity of 20 tonnes with a similar range spread of 10 metres. The primary winch, offers a load pulling capacitance of 500 tonnes while the two ancillary winches provide a load pulling capacitance of 170 tonnes each.
Through the utilisation of the Skandi Skolten, carrying out operations in the high seas has become far more feasible and quite promising despite the existing and prognosticated, precarious state of the oceanic ecology.