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ONE OF the most sophisticated and advanced offshore vessels to sail into the port of Montrose arrived last weekend for a short visit.

Named Grand Canyon, she was completed approximately two months ago and finished sea trials in late September/early October.

Fitted out at the Bergen Group Fosen yard in Norway her hull and basic accommodation block was assembled at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey.

Described as a purpose-built offshore construction vessel she is designed for operations under severe weather conditions, with high manoeuvrability and station keeping capabilities.

The ship has under-deck stiffening in key locations to allow for a wide range of maritime construction activities including 2 x 200 h.p. work class ROVs in hangers, jet trenching capability, heavy soils trenching working over the stern, outfitted for carousel or real drive lay systems and in addition she can undertake a wide range of offshore construction services being dynamically positioned. She is built to Det Norske Veritas +1A1 and Ice C.

With an overall length of just under 130 metres this latest massive maritime workhorse to sail up the South Esk has a gross tonnage of 12,652 and can be driven at a maximum speed of 15 knots.

Registered under the flag of Panama, the Grand Canyon has accommodation for 104 persons, a messroom with self-serving area, four lounges, meeting rooms, offices etc., hospital and recreation areas, helideck reception area plus laundry and cinema.

The Grand Canyon is propelled by diesel electric machinery with two nozzle propellers plus eight power generation sets, including one of which is a quiet- running harbour unit for use while in port and another for emergencies. Six tunnel thrusters are also installed (two aft and four in the bow). A heavy duty crane is fitted with a maximum lift of 250 tonnes plus two smaller cranes for lifting stores and lighter pieces of equipment. There are also winches and capstans. The helideck, with a landing diameter area of 26 metres stands above the bow, and can take a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.

The spacious wheelhouse/bridge is packed with high tech instrumentation including radar, gyro compass, electronic charts system, four control stations, etc. etc. Lifesaving equipment includes a fast rescue craft plus two 60-men lifeboats.

Owned by Volstad Management based in the Norwegian port of Aalesund, she is currently operated by Canyon (a Helix Energy Solutions Company) which has a presence in Aberdeen, Houston and Singapore covering potential work areas off Europe/West Africa, North and South America and Asia Pacific regions respectively.