Statoil has extended its contract with environmentally friendly ‘Stril Pioner’. The vessel is one of the world’s very first gas-driven supply ships.
‘Stril Pioner’, owned by Stavanger-based company Simon Møkster Shipping, was one of the first gas-powered supply ships in the world to be built in 2003. Eidesvik Offshore’s ‘Viking Energy’ was the other.
Statoil awarded both these environment-friendly ships permanent contracts.
Additional new gas-driven vessels such as ferries, cargo, and offshore ships have slowly but surely been constructed following this time. Almost 60 of these fuel-type vessels will soon be sailing under a Norwegian flag.
Statoil and Møkster have now agreed to extend the contract on ‘Stril Pioner’ for a further two years from 2013. The contract also allows both parties the option to add on two, two-year periods after this.
Sooty emissions of SOx (sulphur oxide), as well as nitrogen in NOx form (a generic term for mono-nitrogen oxides), are reduced by 100 and 80 percent , respectively, when ships use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel instead of diesel or fuel oil.
Greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are also decreased.
‘Stril Pioner’ is 95 metres long and 20.4 metres wide (about 312 by 67 feet), with a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of slightly more than 6,000.
Simon Møkster Shipping’s head office is located in Stavanger, Norway and main operational area is the North- and the Barents Sea. Møkster has a fleet of 23 vessels and approximately 550 employees onshore and offshore. Simon Møkster Shipping is 100 percent owned by the Møkster family.