L-3 Valmarine has been awarded another contract with STX France for delivery of an Integrated Automation System to their newbuilding X32, a cruiseliner for General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) of Libya.

Saint Nazaire 2008 (source: part of previously announced contract for new building U32 at STX France, St. Nazaire, L-3 Valmarine has received a firm order for the option ship, newbuilding X32. - The 139,400 ton vessel will be 333 meters long by 38 meters wide and include 1,739 passenger cabins and 732 crew cabins, with delivery scheduled for December 2012, and the first to be owned by an Arab Company.

Founded in 1975, GNMTC, operates a fleet of 24 vessels, whose average age is 3.5 years, with a carrying capacity of 2 million tonnes – the equivilant of 14 million barrels of oil, operating in international and the domestic Libyan market, carrying oil and oil related products. Over the years GNMTC has invested 1.3 billion USD, of which 690 million was invested in 2009, purchasing 12 vessels.

This investment marks the re-entry into the passenger sector by GNMTC, and illustrates its aim of being a major player in the Shipping Sector.

STX France is delighted to welcome back such a distinguished client with one of the most luxurious vessels to be built in their modern Saint-Nazaire yard. “We are proud to welcome this new client on our Saint-Nazaire shipyard and therefore contribute to the expansion of GNMTC activities” Jacques Hardelay, General Manager of STX France, declares.

The chairman of GNMTC, Captain Ali Belhag, said that ‘ GNMTC was pleased to place this order with STX France, being the first Arab and Middle East state to own such a prestigious vessel, which marked another milestone, in the company’s re-generation, and looked forward to further success in other sectors of the maritime industry’.

Note: This article replaces the previous published article on the subject which contained wrongful facts about the newbuilding X-32.

The subsea service vessel SKANDI AKER, owned by the Norwegian company DOFCON ASA and built at STX Norway Offshore AS – Søviknes, was declared “Ship of the Year 2010” by the Norwegian State Secretary Rikke Lind at the SMM 2010 trade show in Hamburg.

STX broIt is thus evident that when it comes to technical features this ship is in the forefront in this field today. Onboard this highly advanced well-intervention vessel, well cleaning vessel, vessel for coil-tubing or drilling unit, or as introduced by the STX_bro
shipyard the collective term “Subsea Service Vessel”, L-3 Valmarine has delivered a state of the art Integrated Navigation System SAM Electronics NACOS 35-5. - The system Integrates Radar, ECDIS, Conning, Autopilot (Track-pilot), AIS and VDR in one common network.

The total Navigation package from L-3 Valmarine consist of, on the Navigation bridge; Chart-radar 1100 X and S band with integrated operation of Track-pilot 1100, Chart-pilot 1100 ECDIS, Conning and Planning Station. On the Aft bridge a Chart-pilot Conning and Chart-radar remote station. L-3 Valmarine has also delivered the navigation sensors; Dual DGPS SAAB R4, Satlog SLS4120 and Echo sounder 4630.

Skandi Aker Photo Harald ValderhaugSKANDI AKER has a diesel electric propulsion system, and her dimensions are impressive: 156.9m l.o.a., 27m breadth and depth molded of 12m. The deck measured about 2,100 m2 prior to installation of the rucker deck and derrick.

Skandi_Aker_Photo_-_Harald_ValderhaugSKANDI AKER is built to DNV class @1A1 with ICE-C, Well Intervention Unit, COMF-V(3)C(3), DYNPOS-AUTRO (IMO III), NAUT-AW and CLEAN DESIGN to mention some of the notations.

The prestigious SHIP OF THE YEAR-award is instituted by the major Nordic shipping magazine SKIPSREVYEN. Price candidates are nominated by the readers of the magazine, but the final election is the responsibility of a jury consisting of the former MD of the Norwegian Ship-owners’ Association, Mr Rolf Sæther; the MD of Norwegian Shipbuilders' Sales and Marketing Organisation, Mr Birger Skår; and the Publisher of Skipsrevyen, Mr Asle Strønen.