Statoil today awarded a string of contracts worth NOK2.7billion.
The Norwegian operator struck a deal with Simon Møkster Shipping AS contracts for three emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV), and Havila Shipping ASA for one ERRV. The vessels will be part of Statoil’s area-wide emergency response on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).
“Statoil has an extensive emergency preparedness system on the NCS, and through the contracts we have secured four vessels that are tailored to our waters. I look forward to continuing our long-standing and good partnership with Simon Møkster Shipping and Havila Shipping,” said Philippe F. Mathieu, Statoil’s senior vice president for joint operations support.
The deals will run for seven years and have five, one-year extension options.
Statoil has a total of six ERRV vessels on the NCS, and one vessel currently being upgraded to an adequate relief vessel.
Simon Møkster Shipping will provide the Stril Poseidon, Stril Merkur and Stril Herkules. Havila Shipping has been awarded a contract for the vessel Havila Troll.
The vessels will cover emergency response services on the NCS together with the 24-hour operations centre at Sandsli. In addition, Statoil has five operative SAR helicopters on the NCS.
“Safety and emergency preparedness are top priorities in our operations. Through the new contracts we are well prepared for important emergency response tasks on the NCS in the years to come. The contracted vessels incorporate some of the most sophisticated technologies for emergency response offshore,” added Mathieu.
The area emergency response vessels are fitted with two MOB boats, fire-fighting equipment, minimum 110-tonne towing capacity and an emergency hospital. In addition, the vessels carry oil spill response equipment such as oil booms and skimmers, and storage capacity for oil spill clean-up in accordance with NOFO requirements, in addition to oil dispersing equipment. The vessels also have a stern lifeboat recovery system, and a helipad. In the bid process fuel efficiency has been part of the evaluation criteria.
All of the vessels contracts will have kicked-off by December 2018, after the current contract lapses.