Petroleum tanker owner and operator AET has named its newest vessel, a 120,000 DWT DP2 shuttle tanker, Eagle Bergen, at a ceremony held in Stavanger, Norway.
Eagle Bergen is the second of two vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries to the standards required to operate on the Norwegian continental shelf. She is fixed on a long-term charter to Statoil ASA.
The new vessel is owned and commercially managed by a joint venture company – AET Sea Shuttle AS – which is formed between AET, (the majority partner) and ADS Shipping Limited of Norway. She is technically managed by OSM Maritime Group, a sister company of ADS.
The ship was sponsored by Mrs Heidi Aakre, Vice President, Asset Management for Manufacturing, Storage and Shipping of Statoil ASA.
“AET continues to broaden its operating footprint and capabilities. Alongside our traditional crude oil operations and our lightering activities, we now operate DP capable vessels in the Brazilian Basin, the US Gulf and the North Sea,” said AET Chairman, Datuk Nasarudin bin Md Idris.
The Chairman of ADS Shipping and OSM Maritime Group, Bjørn Tore Larsen, commented: “We are delighted to be investing in Eagle Bergen and Eagle Barents, and being a part of a team that brings a new, major player into the North Sea market. Like AET, we also believe in the strategic importance of creating long-term partnerships that build value for all those involved.”
Eagle Bergen and Eagle Barents are twin skeg, twin engine vessels and are fitted with a range of eco-innovations to reduce their impact on the natural environment including a fully fitted ballast water treatment system, SOx scrubber system and VOC emission reduction system.