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Shell Takes Delivery of New Ice Class Vessel

MV Aiviq Ready to Support Shell’s 2012 Drilling Program in Beaufort, Chukchi Seas
The MV Aiviq in Port Fourchon, Louisiana

The MV Aiviq in Port Fourchon, Louisiana

On March 24, 2012, Shell Exploration and Production took delivery of the MV Aiviq (eye-vik), a 360-foot ice class anchor handler that will support Shell’s 2012 shallow-water drilling program off the coast of Alaska. The Aiviq is one of the most technically advanced polar-class vessels in the world and the first of its kind to be built in the United States. 

“This vessel is truly a monument to manpower and a symbol of how Shell is approaching the Arctic,” said Shell Alaska VP, Pete Slaiby. “The Aiviq is another example of our commitment to setting the bar in the Alaska offshore and employing thousands of workers along the way.”

Shell commissioned Edison Chouest Offshore to build the Aiviq and took delivery of the vessel at the company’s shipyard in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. 12 year-old Nuiqsut student, Elizabeth Itta, officially christened the Aiviq – a contest reward for writing the winning essay that gave the vessel its namesake.

Aiviq means “walrus” in Inupiat. 

In addition to travelling with her family to Louisiana to christen the ship, Itta’s school, Trapper School in Nuiqsut, was awarded a $5,000 grant in support of the Inupiaq language program. Itta will also have dinner with Iditarod Hall of Fame musher, DeeDee Jonrowe.

Over 2 million man-hours were dedicated to building the Aiviq which will join Shell’s drilling fleet in the Pacific Northwest before heading north to Alaska.

Aiviq Technical Specifications:

  • Built: 2012 by Edison Chouest Offshore 
  • Dimensions: 360 X 80 X 34
  • Draft: 28”1
  • Speed: 15 knots in open water
  • 5 knots in ice
  • Accommodations: 64
  • Main Engines: Four (4) CAT C280-12 diesels (5, 444 BHP each)
  • Fuel Oil Capacity: 528,155 gals.