Saipem acquired Moss Maritime in 2001. The name and organisation of the company was retained and it continues to trade as an independent organisation. Moss Maritime themselves acquired the design company from Kvaerner in the late 1990s, and they in turn had taken over the organisation which had given birth to a number of groundbreaking supply ship designs, Maritime Engineering.

Moss Maritime had, before their involvement in the offshore industry become experts in the development of gas carriers of all sorts, and as a result have designed more than 100 gas carriers. They started this work in 1971. The relationship between Moss Maritime and Saipem may have been initiated in 1990 during the construction of the Saipen DP semi-submersible Scarabeo 5 which was a Maritime Engineering design.

In its day Maritime Engineering designed the groundbreaking ME 202 which was probably the first supply ship to be propelled by azimuthing thrusters aft, which of course would also provide the sideways thrust there necessary. This system has since been adopted once more with the widespread use of aziprops. At the same time, the early 1980s they produced the first ME 303s which stunned the industry due to their sheer size and power. This particular design probably led the way for many later Maersk designs, and the Maersk Company became the only ship-owners to operate the ME 606 and the ME 909. The ME managing director Rolf Emblem was one of the first in the business to promote the use of extremely powerful vessels, a move almost reluctantly taken up by both shipowners and charterers. Of course many mobile units still have quite small diameter towing gear and moderately specified connections to the hull. Why use a ship with a bollard pull of 300 tonnes to tow an oil rig the towing connection of which have a safe working load of 95 tonnes? Of course when it comes to pulling anchors out to the right distance it is broadly the more power there is available the better, particularly since in the 21st century some of it usually has to be distributed to the thrusters.

In many ways the change in ownership has affected nothing. During the ownership of the company by Kvaerner they were involved with the development of the marine satellite deployment system, Sea Launch which was constructed from the remains of the Ocean Odyssey and they also produced two new support vessels designs the KMAR 808 and the KMAR 404. The KMAR 808s, the extremely well known stripy icebreakers, are even in 2016 in demand for projects North of the Arctic circle, and their experience has spawned further ice class designs during the MOSS Maritime ownership. The slightly limited KMAR404 has spawned the more effective MOSS424, a number of which have been constructed.

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