Kleven takes the carat from De Beers

Oslo: De Beers Marine Namibia, part of diamond mining and exploration firm De Beers Group, has firmed up its contract with Norway’s Kleven for a deepwater mineral exploration vessel.

The first-of-its-kind vessel, due for delivery in June 2016, will be a MT 6022 design from Marin Teknikk.

“This design is well proven within the offshore construction segment, but the newbuild for De Beers will include a wide range of tailor made equipment and features,” Kleven said in a press release.

“Underwater mineral exploration is a new segment for Kleven, and we look forward to working closely with De Beers on the realisation of this highly advanced vessel,” Ståle Rasmussen, Kleven’s CEO, said last October when the order was first mooted.

The ship will be diesel electric powered and can be in position for three years between each time it returns to port.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.
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