Malin Sentinel, a new emergency response ship for the North Sea, has arrived in Aberdeen Harbour after completing a mammoth 11,500-mile maiden voyage from China.
The emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) is the last of nine new-builds for operator Sentinel Marine as part of the current phase of its £150million investment to bolster its fleet.
More new ships are scheduled to follow later.
Malin Sentinel sailed from Dalian Port in China via Singapore and the Suez Canal, taking seven weeks to arrive in her home port.
The journey totalled 11,451 miles.
It has completed sea trials and will now take up assignments in the North Sea as an ERRV – a vessel that stays on standby near oil platforms for safety-critical work such as helicopter transfers.
Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, said: “Taking delivery of the Malin Sentinel, which began its journey at the height of global lockdowns meant that this was one of the most challenging deliveries we have faced.
“We’re pleased that her maiden journey was a smooth one and that she joins the other state of the art, purpose built, ERRVs in our fleet.
“We have built a first in class, multi-role fleet to support our clients operations, and the Malin Sentinel joins our fleet to provide far wider services than just response and rescue.”
The ship is 62metres long with 2,173 gross tonnage.
Sentinel said the Malin Sentinel’s arrival marks the end of stage two of its investment, while phase three will see an additional three new build vessels join the fleet.
These new additions are being constructed at the same shipyard in China with increased dynamic positioning capabilities, along with firefighting and oil recovery abilities, and liquid mud and dry bulk capacity.
Sentinel Marine is headquartered in Aberdeen with other offices in Singapore.
Earlier this year, the firm said it was expecting to boost its headcount by around 80 people due to the arrival of the new fleet additions.