History of the UT 704

I don’t know if anybody here has worked on AHTSs of the UT 704?

It is regarded as the forerunner of all modern OSVs and the Chief Designer at Ulstein Trading at the time, Sigmund Borgundvaag, as the Grandfather of the modern OSV. He received his just reward at the OSV Conferance in London in 2014: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/UT_704_Anchor-Handling_Tug/Supply_Vessel

But where did he get his inspirations from? Tidewater ordered two AHTS from Ulstein in the early 1970s, the Mammouth Tide:

And the Goliath Tide: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2261996

Combing that with his experience from designing Factory Trawlers he came up with the UT 704 design, which by many is regarded as the best offshore vessels ever built: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/UT_704_Anchor-Handling_Tug/Supply_Vessel

Many of these vessels are still in operation today, some owned by American companies.

This was the forerunner of ALL OSV’s and it wasn’t designed by Tormund Giantsbane or whatever his name was.

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;183681]This was the forerunner of ALL OSV’s and it wasn’t designed by Tormund Giantsbane or whatever his name was.

http://www.maritimeprofessional.com/blogs/post/mv-ebb-tide-13523[/QUOTE]

Yes the Ebb Tide was the first, but does not have much resemblance to the modern day OSVs used world wide:

I actually worked with one of these early Tidewater boats in S.E.Asia in 1970, called the Missouri, but better known as the “Mighty Mou” (or however it should be spelled)
There were several with the straight bow and no flare. I remember the Rig Service and one that had been converted to Seismic, called the Rio das Contas. All built in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

Back in 1970 I served as Navigator on the next version, the earl Halter Marine boats from the mid 1960s, with 16- 1800 IHK:

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;183681]This was the forerunner of ALL OSV’s and it wasn’t designed by Tormund Giantsbane or whatever his name was.[/QUOTE]

hard to believe 6 decades have passed but moreso how the boats have all evolved to where they are today

this old timey girl was hanging around Ballard like forever but is now gone to where I know not

Would any American Owner dare to order, or any US Shipyard dare to take on building anything like this: https://gcaptain.com/edda-accommodation-cancels-delayed-next-generation-newbuild-at-hyundai-heavy-industries/?utm_source=gCaptain+Newsletter&utm_campaign=df9f3a0d19-Mailchimp_RSS_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f50174ef03-df9f3a0d19-169863069

I know it doesn’t look much like the UT 704, but it owe a lot to that design still.

       if there was economic reason to do so....they do build nuclear submarines after all. Why build one if you can hire one and just get a waiver though?

[QUOTE=ombugge;183769]Would any American Owner dare to order, or any US Shipyard dare to take on building anything like this: https://gcaptain.com/edda-accommodation-cancels-delayed-next-generation-newbuild-at-hyundai-heavy-industries/?utm_source=gCaptain+Newsletter&utm_campaign=df9f3a0d19-Mailchimp_RSS_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f50174ef03-df9f3a0d19-169863069

I know it doesn’t look much like the UT 704, but it owe a lot to that design still.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, diesel electric with those six azimuthing thrusters, three fore and three aft, SPS code notation with exemptions up the wazoo for carrying what, 800 folks? Swimming pools, SOLAS passenger standards of stability and compensated heave gangway and cranes, I can see the UT 704 relation… No, wait, I can’t. She’s built on cruise vessel and mega yacht designs. The UT 704 approximates the Ebb Tide more than this thing relates to the UT 704.

But, no, no American owner or shipyard would try. We’d git er done with portable quarters on the original ebb tide and charge the same day rate as this monster. Cost savings would be enormous.

well said.

I’ve worked a job with a similar vessel and everyone that stayed onboard said it smelled like a gorilla cage and wasn’t all that great.

https://flic.kr/p/FJMU62

We have a similar vessels already no need to build that piece of shit.

http://hornbeckoffshore.com/fleet/featured/hos-accommodation-support-fleet/hosmpsv-flotel/hos-riverbend

http://hornbeckoffshore.com/fleet/featured/hos-accommodation-support-fleet/hosmpsv-flotel/hos-achiever

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;183782]
We have a similar vessels already no need to build that piece of shit.

http://hornbeckoffshore.com/fleet/featured/hos-accommodation-support-fleet/hosmpsv-flotel/hos-riverbend

http://hornbeckoffshore.com/fleet/featured/hos-accommodation-support-fleet/hosmpsv-flotel/hos-achiever[/QUOTE]

That’s a barge with a superstructure, not exactly similar.

Or do you mean similar like in that they both float? :smiley:



Yes I see what you meen, Edda Fides must really smell like a gorilla cage after a while. It have the same standard as our prisons, better treat those offshore monkeys like the prisoners they are.

According to guys on the Eata fetus the house keepers provide additional services

The only thing remotely interesting about the Eata Fetus was it was equipped with these…

You will be happy to know that Ostensjo has cancelled the Edda Fortis: http://ostensjo.no/?p=2633
So you will not be forced to live on board yet another foreign Accommodation vessel that smell like a “Gorilla cage” (I don’t know what that smells like, but I can guess)
It must be a “Cultural shock” to come on board something that looks like this: http://eddaaccommodation.com/?page_id=2
When you are used to something like this: http://4barges.com/en/marine-equipment/accommodation-units

Of cause there are better accommodation barges available in the GOM: http://themarineinstallersrant.blogspot.no/2010/11/fishermans-paradise-amazing-five-star.html

PS> Edda Fides Specs for those who may wonder what this disinteresting “gorilla cage” actually has of equipment and facilities: http://eddaaccommodation.com/?fleet=eddafides

PPS> In Norwegian waters she would be limited to the Lifeboat capacity on either side, i.e max. 300 pers.

The Edda Fides is out of the GoM and back in Norway without a job.
What do they do, put her into “Fjord Blue” and wait for someone to want her back in the GoM?
NO THEY DON"T, they create a niche market for her as a Cruise ship: http://norwaytoday.info/travel/new-cruise-deals-north-sea/

If you haven’t seen enough Oil & Gas Fields, or lived the luxurious Offshore life, now you can get the experience. (Without being paid, that is)

WHY??? Because they can and the facilities on board is good enough to do so: http://eddaaccommodation.com/?page_id=2

For those who haven’t had the honour to see her, or living on board, while she was working in the GoM, here is a video for you: https://vimeo.com/107226713

I don’t think you could take the HOS Achiever and do the same, even if it is advertised as a “top-of-the-line” Offshore Accommodation Unit, with “state-of-the-art” galley and gymnasium: http://www.marinelink.com/news/accommodation-features364463.aspx

They may have had more luck advertising it as a floating prison without escape possibilities. Replacement for “Angola”??

Good riddance…

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;185808]Good riddance…[/QUOTE]

and don’t y’all be comin on back!

dya hear?

[QUOTE=c.captain;185812]and don’t y’all be comin on back!

dya hear?[/QUOTE]

No I don’t think they want to. After having managed to get rid of the “gorilla cage” smell and the tobacco spittle, it is not something that is uppermost on the wish list of those who had to do the cleaning at least.

[QUOTE=ombugge;185813]No I don’t think they want to. After having managed to get rid of the “gorilla cage” smell and the tobacco spittle, it is not something that is uppermost on the wish list of those who had to do the cleaning at least.[/QUOTE]

here I am caught in the middle between filthy dippin Southern cretins and stuck up anal retentive Norwegians…which is worse?

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;185808]Good riddance…[/QUOTE]

Fragrat - not to reignite the Norge-American hostilities but did you see they tried to sink Noah’s Ark? http://gcaptain.com/noahs-ark-crashes-into-coast-guard-vessel-you-read-that-right/

Gotta give them extra points for doing it while moored. Biblical, just Biblical proportions.

[QUOTE=c.captain;185816]here I am caught in the middle between filthy dippin Southern cretins and stuck up anal retentive Norwegians…which is worse?[/QUOTE]

Since you are a asshole I would think you feel right at home with us Norwegians.