Vik Sandvik was taken over by Wartsila in 2009, and so have become part of Wartsila Ship Design.
Vik Sandvik have been located in Fitjar on the island of Stord for many years and have been designing offshore vessels since 1984. The initial vessel which caused something of a stir when it first appeared in Aberdeen was Viking Queen, and it was the beginning of a relationship with the Norwegian ship-owner Eidesvik which has been maintained up to this day.
Together they have brought out ships which are landmarks in the development of the offshore fleet, starting with the Viking Queen, designated a VS 469. The VS 469 was followed in 1986 by the VS 476, four of which were built and which in 2010 are now owned and operate by Maersk. In the mid 1990s they developed the very large and moderately powered PSV the VS 483 of which a number were built for British shipowners, in British yards, in the twilight days of the Clyde shipyards.
Possibly the next major design was the VS 496, made steel in the form of the Edda Fjord maybe the first MPSV, and shown in the publicity literature as being fitted with a deck crane, which is capable of being dismounted. This vessel is 98 metres long and when it in appeared in 2002 was billed as the largest platform ship in the world. At the same time the company was designing a ship for Tidewater, which appeared as the VS 480. Seven were built at the Quality Shipyard in the southern USA.
These vessels were almost immediately followed by the VS 470 Mk II, the Viking Surf, again for Eidesvik. This ship is probably recognised as the only major competitor to the UT 755, and so far 30 have been constructed. And then Eidesvik ordered the groundbreaking VS 4403 PSV Viking Energy which was the first LNG fuelled supply vessel. If this was not enough the Vik Sandvik naval architects were even then producing designs for the John P Laborde, the first Tidewater anchor-handler for the 21st century, and again for Eidesvik the Viking Avant, the first all aft platform ship. While this configuration has not been applied to the whole industry two further “avants” have since joined the Eidesvik fleet.
As the designers of offshore vessels have explored virtually every possible configuration it has become more difficult to innovate, but even in this competitive world Vik Sandvik have managed to develop the VS 495 DEM which has been developed as an environmentally friendly ship. This vessel, very unusually for a platform ship, has a central propeller aft with two azimuthing thrusters can be retracted during passage.
Virtually every design produced by the company has actually been built. This of course is not true of all designers as can be seen if you visit their websites.