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Kleven delivers fourth Starfish anchor handler to MSS

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018

The fourth anchor handling tug supply vessel in Maersk Supply Services‘ six-ship Starfish series has been delivered by Norway’s Kleven Verft.

The Maersk Minder during sea trials

The 95m-long vessel, Maersk Minder, was named by sponsor, Mrs Anni Bak in an afternoon ceremony led by the shipyard’s new CEO, Karsten Sævik. The vessel is designed for deep water anchor handling and oilfield operations, performing duties including anchor handling and supply, decommissioning, towing and installation work.
"This is vessel number four in the series," said the new CEO, "and the yard has demonstrated its ability to again construct a very advanced and sophisticated vessel. We are very grateful for the efforts made by all suppliers, our employees and the support received from the Maersk site team; we are proud to have such reputable clients in our yard."
Praising the teamwork and collaboration between Kleven and the Maersk Supply Services supervision team, the Danish company’s COO Claus Bachmann said: "While new high-quality vessels are always exciting, it is when we face customers that we stand trial. The vessels simply must perform 100% from day one and provide that extra value to our clients. I am very happy to say that the three Starfish vessels delivered have performed as expected and with positive customer feedback, praising the good facilities and excellent fuel efficiency."
The fifth vessel in the series is due to be delivered later this year, and the sixth and final vessel has now been launched. The Starfish anchor handling tug supply ships have been designed by Salt Ship Design.