Ulstein Group

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Ulstein Group ASA
Industry Shipbuilding, ship design, power and control, maritime systems and solutions
Founded 1917 (as Ulstein Mekaniske Verksted)
Headquarters Ulstein, Norway
Key people
Gunvor Ulstein (CEO)
Products Offshore vessels, ship designs and power & control solutions for the marine market.
Number of employees
approx. 700 (2015)
Website www.ulstein.com

Ulstein Group is a group of companies that focus on various marine-related industries, but is mainly known for its ship building and ship design activities. The largest unit is Ulstein Verft AS, a shipyard delivering from 3 to 5 offshore supply ships a year.[1] One of the most recent deliveries was the Seven Viking, awarded 'Ship of the Year 2013' by the Norwegian magazine Skipsrevyen. The ship design unit, Ulstein Design & Solutions came up with the X-bow design that in the shape of Bourbon Orca delivered in 2006 won the Ship of The Year Award both by Skipsrevyen and Offshore Support Journal.[2] The group also includes companies working with power & control and maritime systems & solutions and most recently in shipping. The company's head office and primary operations are located in the town of Ulsteinvik in the municipality of Ulstein in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.


The company Ulstein Mekaniske Verksted was established in 1917 by Martin Ulstein. At age 23, he founded the company to modify local fishing boats, which were undergoing a global transition from sail-power to motorization. Martin Ulstein borrowed money from Ulstein Sparebank, with his father acting as guarantor, acquired 800 square metres (8,600 sq ft) of land from his uncle and set up shop with his brother-in-law and business partner Andreas Flø.

After Martin Ulstein's sudden death, the company was run for a long duration by his wife, Inga Ulstein. Her six children, Dagny, Inger, Magnulf, Kolbein, Idar, and Ragnhild (especially Kolbein and Idar) were responsible for the growth of the company to an employer of around 2,800 people in 1992.[3]

Vickers acquired Ulstein Group AS except the shipbuilding division in 1999, then Rolls-Royce acquired Vickers a few months later.[3]

The current CEO of Ulstein Group is Gunvor Ulstein, granddaughter of the late founder Martin Ulstein. Her brother, Tore Ulstein, is chairman of the board.



Ulstein Verft AS[edit]

Ulstein Verft AS is a shipyard situated in Ulstein Group's primary base of operations, Ulsteinvik, along with Ulstein Design & Solutions AS and Ulstein Power & Control AS. Ulstein Verft is the largest employer in the group.

Ulstein Elektro Installasjon AS[edit]

Together with Ulstein Verft, Ulstein Elektro Installasjon AS is part of the shipbuilding division in ULSTEIN. The company is responsible for electrical installations on board newbuildings at Ulstein Verft.


Ulstein Design & Solutions AS[edit]

Ulstein Design & Solutions AS designs advanced vessels for offshore operations. The designs are primarily vessels for the offshore market, such as subsea vessels (OCV, IMR), platform supply vessels (PSV) and Anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS). The Ulstein X-Bow is an example of one of the novel technologies invented.[4]

Ulstein Design & Solutions BV[edit]

Ulstein Design & Solutions BV designs large offshore construction vessels. The company develops projects for operators, contractors and ship owners in the offshore drilling, construction and production market, as well as the maritime transport market. Future market trends and end user needs are the key drivers for developing and providing their new floating concepts to the offshore oil and gas industries and the offshore wind industry.

Ulstein Equipment B.V.[edit]

Ulstein Equipment develops and manufactures innovative mission and interface equipment for vessels, working mainly in markets such as heavy offshore and dredging.

Ulstein Poland LTD. SP. Z.O.O.[edit]

Ulstein Poland is a part of an engineering pool in Ulstein Group, and provides engineering services, as well as hull, outfitting and machinery documentation and on-site yard support.


Ulstein Power & Control AS[edit]

Ulstein Power & Control offers bridge instrumentation (ULSTEIN BRIDGE), control and monitoring systems (ULSTEIN IAS), power packages (ULSTEIN POWER) and integrated communications (ULSTEIN COM). The IAS is an integrated automation system with redundant architecture system mainly for vessel and engine management and control. ULSTEIN COM is a marine telecommunications and data communications system.

Ulstein Marine Equipment (Ningbo) Co. Ltd.[edit]

Ulstein Marine Equipment (Ningbo) manufactures electrical components and systems for offshore vessels developed by ULSTEIN.

Ulstein Electrical Technology (Ningbo) Co. Ltd.[edit]

Ulstein Electrical Technology (Ningbo) is engaged in technical consulting, installation, commissioning and after-sales service.

Ulstein Belga Marine LTDA[edit]

The former Belga Marine of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was acquired by Ulstein Group AS and renamed 'Ulstein Belga Marine It provides electrical and control systems for the large offshore and merchant market in Brazil.

Ulstein Bronte D.O.O.[edit]

Ulstein Bronte provides technical electrical documentation for ship projects entered into by the company. They also work together with Ulstein Verft employees on ULSTEIN design projects abroad.


Ulstein Marine Systems (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.[edit]

Ulstein Marine Systems (Shanghai) is marketing ULSTEIN in China.

Ulstein Asia PTE Ltd.[edit]

Ulstein Asia is marketing ULSTEIN in Asia (not China) and the Middle East.

Ulstein South America Servicos Ltda[edit]

Ulstein South America Servicos is marketing ULSTEIN in South America.

Ulstein International AS[edit]

Ulstein International develops, supports and facilitates international growth, with a focus on systems management and business development.

Ulstein designs[edit]

Ulstein Group AS has a long history of a variety of ship construction. The 'ULSTEIN X-BOW'[1] is one of the most noteworthy advances in ship design innovations.[5]

Ulstein A-Series[edit]

The Ulstein A-Series are anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS). Noteworthy vessels are the Olympic Zeus and sister ship Olympic Hera. They are 93.8 metres (308 ft) long and 23 metres (75 ft) wide and has a bollard pull of 250 tonnes (280 tons). These are the largest anchor handling vessels of the A design by Ulstein Verft. The vessels innovate via a hybrid propulsion system where ships may switch between diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion or combine the two for maximal pull and optimum fuel efficiency. The ship has DP2 (dynamic positioning), an ROV garage and accommodations for 68 persons. This feature allows major economic and environmental cost-savings benefits.[6]

Ulstein P-Series[edit]

The Ulstein P-Series are platform supply vessels (PSV)

Ulstein S-Series[edit]

The Ulstein S-Series are specialized vessels including, among others, offshore construction vessels and specialized multifunctional vessels.

Ulstein X-bow[edit]

Well intervention vessel Sarah with X-bow.
Bourbon Orca anchor tug shown in 2012, was first ship built with an Ulstein X-bow, in 2006.
Main article: X-bow (shipbuilding)

The Ulstein X-bow [7] is a new inverted ship's bow designed to improve handling in rough sea and lower fuel consumption. The Bourbon Orca, design AX104 is an Ulstein A-Series Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel, built for Bourbon Offshore Norway, and was the first ship built with the Ulstein X-bow in 2006.[8] In 2007, the Bourbon Orca design model was included in the London Science Museum's display of innovative technology


  1. ^ Ulstein Group. "Chronologically by building". Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Ship of the Year 2006 – M/V "Bourbon Orca"". Skipsrevyen. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b Grytten, Harald (2007). Creative Enthusiasm for 90 Years: 1917-2007: Ulstein. Ulsteinkonsernet. 
  4. ^ Ships monthly 40. Endlebury Publishing Company. 2005. 
  5. ^ Shipping World & Shipbuilder 206. 2005. pp. 4–20. 
  6. ^ "Olympic ships made by Ulstein design". Scandinavian Oil and Gas Magazine. 
  7. ^ Dagens Næringsliv. November 15, 2008. p. 24. 
  8. ^ Naval architect. Royal Institution of Naval Architects. 2003

Ship of the Year 2006 The MV Bourbon Orca was awarded Ship of the Year Award 2006, both by Skipsrevyen and Offshore Support Journal.

Ship of the Year 2007 Ulstein Verft was awarded Ship of the Year 2007 by Skipsrevyen for the construction of the OCV 'Normand Seven'.

Ship of the Year 2008 'Island Constructor' was awarded Ship of the Year Award 2008 by Offshore Support Journal.

Ship of the Year 2013 The IMR vessel Seven Viking was awarded Ship of the Year Award 2013 by Skipsrevyen.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lloyd's maritime directory, Lloyd's of London Press, 2004: ISBN 1-84311-335-X
  • Lloyd's ship manager: LSM, Lloyd's of London Press: 2003

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