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North Star hails £63m five-year deal with BP

FLEET INVESTMENT: The Grampian Dee is one of the North Star vessels working on the BP contract
FLEET INVESTMENT: The Grampian Dee is one of the North Star vessels working on the BP contract

North Star Shipping, a division of Aberdeen-based Craig Group, said yesterday it had been awarded a £63million contract with energy giant BP.

The deal is for five years with a possible five-year extension and includes tanker-assist, platform-supply and emergency and response rescue vessels, all supporting BP’s operations in the North Sea.

Four vessels, with a possible fifth to be added, are being contracted – Grampian Talisker, Grampian Frontier, Grampian Conquest and Grampian Dee.

North Star managing director Callum Bruce said: “The award of this contract strengthens our relationship with BP who we have worked with for over 25 years. We continue to invest heavily in our fleet which has cemented our position as the largest British wholly-owned fleet engaged in the UK offshore industry.”

Craig chairman and MD Douglas Craig said: “Through continuous investment in our people, infrastructure and vessels, we are demonstrating our commitment to meeting the needs of clients with a service that is driven by safety and quality.

“The vessels meet BP’s expectations in terms of safety, operability and efficiency and we continue to look for ways to provide the most innovative, cost-effective solutions for all our customers.”

Mark Hardie, BP’s UK logistics infrastructure manager, said: “This major award is the latest example of BP executing its long-term marine strategy to support its UK offshore operations. BP has enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with North Star which has provided us with the confidence to widen and extend the service they provide to our business.”

The fleet operated by North Star now has 35 vessels in service.

Craig Group is a family-owned global shipping and energy service business.

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