The prize was presented to the cable-laying vessel’s owner, President and CEO of NKT Michael Lyng, shipbuilder Kleven’s CEO Ståle Rasmussen, design company Salt Ship Design’s CEO Arne Stenersen and captain of the vessel, Svein Ole Sæter.
During a ceremony at the NorShipping exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway. Norway’s Labour and Social Minister Anniken Haugli presented the award, in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.
The jury has recognized NKT Victoria’s state-of-the-art capacities and innovations as a world leading cable-laying vessel. She represents the best competence within Norwegian ship design and shipbuilding, according to the jury.
“I am proud that NKT Victoria is awarded the Ship of the Year Prize. NKT Victoria is one-of-a-kind not only within this particular area of the shipping industry but also in the cable industry. With this vessel, we are now able to offer our customers complete cable solutions, from design and manufacture to installation and service – as one of a very few cable providers in the world,” said Michael Lyng, President and CEO of NKT.
“As proud shipbuilders, it is a wonderful recognition that NKT Victoria has been proclaimed Ship of the Year. This project is a great example of the strength of Norwegian ship design and ship building in tough international competition. Close cooperation between NKT, Salt Ship Design and Kleven has resulted in a vessel that is future-oriented, competitive and highly innovative,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.
“Building NKT Victoria, one of the world’s most advanced and fuel-efficient cable-laying vessels, has been a challenging first, but we are used to handling ‘firsts’ at Kleven. That is how you survive in this business – by having skilled and experienced employees who take on every challenge you give them,” Mr. Rasmussen said.
“We are honored to see NKT Victoria being awarded the prize, and our ship designers have really enjoyed the great teamwork behind the successful vessel. Working closely with NKT and Kleven - a global leading pioneer in the cable industry and a first class shipbuilder, has resulted in a purpose made vessel with impressive operational features. Great collaboration – leads to great results,” said Arne Stenersen, CEO of Salt Ship Design.
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