A Norwegian passion for ship design


“Salt Ship is very pleased to enter the offshore wind farm segment with a new design that is tailor-made for industry needs – in particular focusing on enhanced operability and efficient logistics. We will deliver a complete design and engineering package for a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV). This contract represents an important milestone for Salt Ship.” 

Tor Henning Vestbøstad, Sales Director, Salt Ship Design AS, has a background in naval architecture. He explains the pride he takes in the vessels the company delivers to its clients, and his great passion for ship design. 

“To be proud at the end of the project and ensure the vessel’s performance at delivery, we as designers have to do a good job in the early phases.” 

Salt Ship Design is an independent ship design company utilizing the best available technologies. It is currently involved in 12 new construction projects and has delivered nine vessels since 2014. The flexible company employs 70 people, and has one office in Stord, Norway and one in Gdynia, Poland.  

The company’s new SOV is an 83m vessel with a beam of 19.4m. It will be operated by Louis Dreyfus for DONG Energy. The SOV is equipped with a Dynamic Motion Compensated Gangway System along with unique on-board logistic solutions and accommodation facilities for 90 people. The shipbuilding contract includes one optional vessel. 

“We have been working closely on the functional specification with the owner. The challenge for this kind of project is to manage all the interfaces. The project is now in its first phase and we are looking forward to working with Cemre shipyard and with Bureau Veritas on classification.” 

The vessel, will be delivered in the final quarter of 2018, will feature comfort notations for noise and vibration. It will also carry the Battery System notation, as batteries will be used for peak shaving as part of a DC electro system. 

Tor explains Salt Ship’s way of working: “All our projects are fit for purpose, based on the functional specifications of our clients. We use our own dedicated tools for all phases of the design.” He adds “The growing renewables industry represents an increasingly important market for Salt Ship, along with some other segments: traditionally offshore, but also within the fish farming industry and fishing vessels.” 

“This is the second project for Salt with with Bureau Veritas. The first collaboration was during the construction of two seismic support vessels for Vestland Offshore, also at Cemre Shipyard”, says Tor. 

“We need to have a quick and efficient approval process, but also technical clarification before projects materialize. We have always received a quick response and therefore are very satisfied with the services provided by Bureau Veritas.” 


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