Island Victory set anchor handling record

440 m.t. tension test by single vessel is not something you see often:

Island Victory specs:

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Impressive…most impressive

Island Victory is now in GoM:

Presently in Mobile Al:

Bridge on the Island Victory is spacious:

Master and 1st Mate in their work uniforms.

She is at the Subsea 7 Base in Mobile, Al.:

These two are due to fly home after 5 weeks onboard, but will have to spend 10 days of their 5 weeks off-time in a quarantine hotel in Bergen before they can see their family here in Ålesund.

I wonder what that will be repurposed as instead of scrapping in a few years?

The Island Victory is the most advanced anchor handling vessel in the world, there will probably be a good market for it.

It is the anchor handlers with less than 250t bollard pull and low mooring equipment storage capacity that are in danger of getting scrapped.

What are the jobs for over 250t bollard pull?

What’s the bridge on top of the bridge?

Heli lounge/brief room for arriving and departing personnel
Also used as recreation room when not in use for the above.

Here is a video showing the building of Island Victory, from the hull building yard Vard Tulcea in Romania, outfitting at Vard Brevik, final completion. testing and commissioning at Vard Langstein and Bollard pull test in Romsdalsfjorden:

She was delivered from the yard 7.Febr. 2020:

After a brief presentation and open ship at Skansekaia, Ålesund, where Vard have their headquarters,

She went straight to work in the Barents Sea:

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As the article in OP mentions in March 2021 they installed an achor set at 440t bollard pool for Lundin Energy, so there are jobs around where charterers want that kind of tention.

The main thing that will probably get the Island Victory lots of work is its mooring equipment storage capacity.

I don’t know that its maximum capacity is but last year it loaded 24.5km of 84mm chain, I think that is far more than any other anchor handler can store. So charterers will only need to hire one boat for a job when in the past they might need 2-3 boats that might have to do an extra run back into port to load more equipment.

For comparison the 2013 built Skandi Iceman and 2016 built Horizon Arctic can ‘only’ store 14km of 84mm chain. I think the Maersk’s new M-Class AHTS can ‘only’ store around 12km of 84mm chain, so the Island Victory can store more than double.

I can’t find any data online about how much fibre rope the Island Victory can store on its storage reels but I imagine it would be a lot, even some relatively new AHTS don’t actually have that much capacity on their storage reels.

Having a very large storage capacity will probably make them very attractive to charterers who will only have to hire one boat for a job.

She is a very capable vessel, both for presetting anchors and performing well intervention and subsea work in extreme water depth.
The ability to pretension anchors at very high tension is but one of her selling points.
Here is and article in Maritimt Magasin (Norwegian) about her abilities:

(Translate well in GT)


its not like the industry is expanding, I’d still be nervous to invest in that.
Who is sending new assets out to sea?
Lots of wells closing and FPSO’s going to scrap

There is still lots of AHTS activity in the North Sea, particularly in the Norwegian sector, but still some in the UK sector. You can see most of the jobs at the Westshore shipbroking site below. I have no idea what job the vessel is doing in USA, but probably something big.