Offshore support ship operator Sentinel Marine, of Aberdeen, has clinched new contracts and extensions worth £36 million since the start of 2020.
The company’s Bailey Sentinel emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) will support Chrysaor’s decommissioning activities in the southern North Sea (SNS) under a new contract.
In another new deal, Biscay Sentinel will be deployed to the Irish Sea by Spirit Energy.
Norwegian oil major Equinor has extended an agreement to keep the Mariner Sentinel ship at its Mariner field, east of Shetland.
And Ineos has prolonged its charter for the Forties Sentinel, currently supporting routine operations and drilling at the Breagh gas field, also in the SNS.
Sentinel Marine, which also has a base in Singapore, has invested more than £150m in its quest to create a 12-strong fleet of ERRVs in recent years.
Eight of those ships have now been delivered to Sentinel Marine, which is supported by the NIBC, Clydesdale and Nord LB banks.
Bailey Sentinel and Biscay Sentinel joined the fleet in 2018.
The company, which employs 300 people, said its new, purpose-built ships were “changing the face of offshore support vessel roles in the North Sea”.
Their engines reduce emissions of “particulate matter and noxious gases” to “near-zero levels”.
Chief executive Rory Deans said: “In an age when we are all becoming more mindful of the impact that our actions have on the environment, our clients appreciate that Sentinel Marine’s fleet is one of the cleanest and greenest in the North Sea.
“It’s estimated that our fleet is around 60% more fuel efficient than some of the oldest ERRVs in the North Sea, and as much as 30% more efficient than ships that were built only five years ago.
“Our ships were designed with operational and cost efficiency in mind: in addition to their primary role of protecting the lives of offshore workers, they can perform a wide range of tasks from oil recovery to cargo handling, which removes a need for two or more vessels to be chartered.”