Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operator, Atlantic Offshore, continues to demonstrate its commitment to the UKCS, through the purchase of two new vessels.
The first vessel – built in 2008 – will be equipped and delivered as a UK Coded Class A Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV), providing a safe haven for more than 300 survivors. The second built in 2010, will be equipped and delivered as a UK Coded Class B, a safe haven for up to 300 survivors.
The two vessels (yet to be named) represent a multi-million pound investment by the company and their main shareholder (Ogreid), bringing its locally-based fleet to a total of eight vessels and creating approximately 50 jobs in the area.
Their purchase is the result of Atlantic Offshore’s continuing strategy of investment in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
Matthew Gordon, Managing Director of Atlantic Offshore explains: “These vessels represent a significant North Sea-centric investment by Atlantic Offshore owners, and are a succinct illustration of the potential we see in long-term future of the UK basin which – in many ways – is bucking the trend, as organisations look to branch away from the UKCS.
“A growing fleet results in a raft of efficiencies and, as such, we are well placed to meet the requirements of an increasingly buoyant North Sea market. Additionally, the vessels will help optimise our relief system, thus providing cost-efficiency to our business, which can only help to strengthen us into the future.”
Commenting on Atlantic’s investment, David Kenwright, Chairman of trade association ERRVA said: “ERRVA serves the common interests of the ERRV owners and the offshore operators in the future development of Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels, promoting safety and the development of emergency response services, with the aim of being world leaders in rescue and recovery operations.
“This new investment by Atlantic Offshore demonstrates its commitment to ERRV operations in the North Sea, and further reinforces the ongoing ERRV fleet renewal process that has seen the delivery of over 84 modern vessels into the fleet since 2004.”
The Group continues to expand its capabilities within both the Norwegian and UK sector of the North Sea, providing cross-border solutions reflecting the needs of its clients.
Including the new vessels Atlantic Offshore Scotland’s have eight ERRVs, the Aeogpodium AS Group currently operates a fleet of eleven ERRVs and three Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs).
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