Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue has secured a five year charter, with five one-year options to extend, with Shell UK, to support operations in the Gannet, Annasuria and the Dana Petroleum Triton Asset in the central North Sea.
Ocean Osprey, a brand new Class A tanker assist, rescue and standby ship will be used to provide emergency recovery, rescue cover, tanker assistance and general field support in offshore operations.
The vessel is the first of a new H820 design from Havyard Ship Design, and was developed in close collaboration with Atlantic Offshore.
The 66.9 metre long vessel was built in Passai, Spain by Zamakona shipbuilders over a fifteen month period to replace Ocean Searcher.
Two further sister vessels are also under construction as part of the company’s GBP 300 million fleet modernisation programme.
The new vessel has secured 30 jobs, and is one of 12 Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRV) managed by the company from its Aberdeen base.
Ocean Osprey can accommodate up to 21 employees and has the capacity to rescue more than 300 persons. It will make its North Sea debut later this month to begin operations.
John Bryce, managing director of Atlantic Offshore Rescue, said: “Ocean Osprey features some of the most up to date shipping technology, replaces Ocean Searcher and secures 30 jobs.
Launching the new vessel is also part of our ongoing commitment to provide the very best, cutting edge emergency response to those operating in the North Sea, an absolutely crucial part of all oil and gas operations.”
Inclusive of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s 12 vessels, Atlantic Offshore Group currently operates a fleet of 24 ERRVs and PSVs and manages further PSVs on behalf of third parties.
May 30, 2014