Norwegian oil outfit Statoil has signed a contract with DOF ASA for the delivery of a new supply vessel. The contract has a duration of five years and will start-up after the vessel has been delivered during the second half of 2008.

The cargo transporter, an Aker PSV 06 CD, is under construction at Aker Yards in Brattvag near Alesund in western Norway. With a deck area of about 1,000 square meters, it will have a length of 95 meters, and weigh 5,200 deadweight tons. The ship also has below deck facilities for transporting bulk products.

It will be one of Statoil’s first ships with a clean design, which includes a double hull to protect the diesel and oil tanks and lower emissions from the vessel’s engines.

The newbuilding will be a supplement to Statoil’s pool of supply vessels. However, it has not yet been decided which areas of the Norwegian continental shelf the ship will serve.