In 1992 Maersk Supply prompted Ulstein to build the UT745 which was a development of the UT705, itself still being built. But the 745 pushed the then boundaries of what was possible for a platform ship to achieve, or possibly what can be achieved today, since the ship was supposed to be able to operate successfully in wind speeds of 50 knots, this even though it was generally accepted that offshore cranes would shut down at 45 knots. Maersk operated six including starting with the Maersk Fighter and including the vessel pictured here, the Maersk Feeder. And other owners commissioned versions of their own including the Trico, Farstad and GulfMark. Several are still in service. They are great big ships and it is difficult how the later versions fitted with 10,000 bhp engines could be bettered for the platform supply task.

TYPE: UT 745 NORTHERN GAMBLER PHOTO: Vic Gibson
GENERAL PROPULSION CARGO CAPACITY 
Length OA 84.0 m Engines 2 x Bergen BRM6 Fuel 1503 m3
Breadth 18.8 m BHP/kW 7200/5300 Pot water 837 m3
DWT 4585 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 1200 bhp Mud 506 m3
Deck area 957 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 692 m3
Year built 1996 Joystick Ulstein Dry bulk 396 m3
Shipyard Ulstein Verft DP - Tank Cleaning  
Previous names  
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