Fifty years young
The iconic UT-Design vessels trace their origins back to the mid-1960s and the Norwegian fishing industry, and early 1970s for the international offshore industry. Years of expertise in operating ships in the harsh conditions of the North Sea paved the way for what would become the benchmark design for the offshore industry.
CRAIG TAYLORSenior Manager PR & Communications
Kongsberg Maritime’s ship design history goes back 50 years with its origins in the heart of what is today’s maritime cluster on the west coast of Norway.
Origins in fishing
The very first UT designed vessel, wasn’t an offshore vessel at all, but an elegant Purse seiner fishing vessel. The M/V Polarstrøm was delivered from Ulstein Verft to Bjørn Øvrelid in Hjørungavåg in 1966 and is technically number one in the UT reference list.
The company was formally set up in1952
The first UT offshore supply vessel1959
Our ship design history goes back many years35
UT 704 – an offshore pioneer
The first UT-Design ship for the emerging North Sea offshore market was the UT 704 Stad Scotsman. This pioneering ship is still in service today, having gone through many changes of ownership and names – it became the Red Condor, then Seabulk Condor, and today the Reliance Star 1.
Delivered in 2020, Island Offshore’s special purpose UT 797 CX Island Victory holds the world record for bollard pull – an impressive 477 tonnes. It features a comprehensive range of Kongsberg Maritime technology, performing heavy anchor handling operations and deep subsea installation work. Senior Ship Designer Stig Ole Borgundvåg played a leading role in this project. He says: “Island Victory is a special ship. It incorporates market leading pulling power, along with impressive crane capacity and it’s adaptable for critical offshore duties. It was a challenge to design, and my father worked on this project up until his retirement, then I took over, so it has a special personal connection, too. It’s in very high demand, attracting high day rates. A vessel like this is the perfect example of Kongsberg Maritime’s competency as a world-leading ship designer in the global offshore market.”
Image: © Island Offshore
UT 755 – the most popular
The UT 705 supply vessel design had helped to establish the UT-Design reputation, but the need for a smaller PSV workhorse was identified and the UT 755 was born. First developed in the 1990s, the UT 755 became the most popular design, with 179 delivered. A true workhorse of the offshore industry, it was initially introduced in short (67-metre) form. Later, longer (UT 755 L) versions followed, and its Kongsberg Maritime propulsion system, including CPPs, tunnel thrusters at each end and a swing-up azimuth thruster under the bow, gave the UT 755 economic operation and excellent manoeuvrability and position-keeping.