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.