Norman Tonjer (IMO 8205620, GT 3349, 1983) is a multi-purpose off-shore construction vessel.
Built in 1983 in Norway by Eides Sonner, Hoylandsbygd as Yard No. 122 she is 81m long with an 18m beam and 4.97m draft. In 2000 she was converted at Ulstein Verft into an ROV and construction vessel.
Powered by four 800 hp thrusters she also has 550m2 of usable deck space and accommodation for 57 personnel in 39 cabins.
The helideck above the bridge is designed to accommodate a Super Puma L2 helicopter, she also has three deck cranes, a single offshore crane and separate ROV hanger on the port side.
The Company's offshore related activities began in 1973 when four supply
vessels were ordered from a Dutch ship yard. During the next two years the
Company took delivery of six further supply vessels and three anchor-handling/tug/supply vessels.
From 1974 to 1982 the Company owned and operated a combined fleet f offshore and dry cargo vessels and in this period built five anchor handling vessels in Newfoundland and three semi-container vessels in Rostock, East Germany.
The last dry cargo vessel was sold in 1982 and for the next eight years Solstad Offshore ASA owned and operated just offshore/supply vessels. For a period of five years ending in 1987 the Company expanded significantly as nine new build offshore service vessels were taken delivery of and a further two second hand offshore service vessels were also added to the fleet.
From 1989 to 1998 the Company operated a fleet of five handy-size bulk carriers but since 1998 has been owning and operating offshore service vessels solely.
In 1996 a new period of expansion and renewal of the fleet started based on a strategy to operate a modern fleet well adapted to current and future demands.
Simultaneously with the expansion of the fleet, the company has also grown
to become a global operator. The Company now has branch offices in Aberdeen, Rio de Janeiro and in Singapore, and the vessels are operating world-wide.
Photographed in Liverpool 24 May 2013 (Top Picture) and 16 June 2013 (Bottom Picture).