Aberdeen-headquartered support ship operator Sentinel Marine said today that 24 jobs will be created by the latest addition to its fleet.
Sentinel said it had taken delivery of its newest emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV), which was built in China.
Bailey Sentinel is now en route to Aberdeen and is expected to arrive early next month.
The latest recruitment drive will take the company’s headcount to 230.
Bailey Sentinel will provide services for a major North Sea oil field operator following sea trials.
The vessel is the eighth new build vessel to join the expanding Sentinel Marine fleet since 2015.
One further new vessel is set to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
Sentinel chief executive Rory Deans said: “We are delivering a quality fleet of ERRVs which, unlike some still in service in the North Sea, have not been repurposed but instead have been custom built to ensure they are equipped with the latest technology and are more fuel efficient.
“It is reckoned that over 30% of ERRVs currently operating in the North Sea are at least 30 years old. At Sentinel Marine we are committed to providing state of the art multi-role vessels which are able to provide a wide range of services including oil recovery, rescue towing and dynamic positioning.
“It is also important to Sentinel Marine that we offer our staff a reliable, comfortable and modern environment to live and work in and that we continue to attract the best of the maritime industry’s talent.”