Second only to the US in the size of its offshore service vessel fleet, Norway’s global operational footprint and depth of experience was evident in charter contracts awarded over the last two months
Norwegian OSV owners reported significant charter awards, securing contracts to manage hybrid-battery vessels for the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and deploy specialist vessels for subsea and seismic survey activity in the Atlantic, Brazil and Asia Pacific regions. All the contracts were announced in July and August.
Bølmo-based Eidesvik Offshore was awarded a contract by Aker BP for the ship management of two platform supply vessels (PSVs) in operation in the NCS starting 1 October 2020.
Eidesvik will manage the battery-hybrid PSVs NS Orla and NS Frayja under a three-year firm contract, with options. Based on UT 776 CD designs, both vessels were built in 2014 South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyards, and in 2019, were fitted with battery hybrid solutions. Both vessels are owned by Golden Energy Offshore, Alesund, Norway.
“Eidesvik has been awarded the contract in competition with other suppliers, and we are very pleased with the confidence Aker BP is showing us,” said Eidesvik Offshore chief executive and president Jan Fredrik Meling. “The award of the ship management for two modern vessels with hybrid solutions, in addition to our own vessels in operation, will contribute to a further development of Eidesvik’s top competence and experience of operating environmentally friendly tonnage.”
Aker BP vice president for logistics and marine Gunn-Elin Hellegaard said “The change of ship manager for these vessels is part of a long-term strategy, where we have chosen our strategic partners for the delivery of supply vessel services. We have great confidence in Eidesvik that they will actively work to optimise the operation of the vessels as part of our common long-term initiative to redefine the supply chain by increased cost efficiency and sustainable solutions.”
Subsea and IMR services contracts
Skudeneshavn-based Solstad Offshore reported the award of a contract with subsea contractor Ocean Installer for the construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Vision. The contract commences in Q1 2021, with firm and optional periods covering most of the year, according to Solstad.
Based on a Vard 3 06 L design and built by STX in 2014, the dynamic positioning class 3-capable Normand Vision is a high capacity CSV designed to install subsea structures, umbilicals, risers and flowlines. Normand Vision has a length overall of 156.7 m, beam of 27 m, draught of 8.5 m, with accommodation for 140. Highly capable, Normand Vision has an NOV main active heave compensated (AHC) knuckle-boom main crane, with a capacity of 400 tonnes, an AHC auxiliary crane, with a 70-tonne capacity and two Oceaneering Millennium work-class remotely operated vehicles that can be launched through moonpools from their hangar. Total clear deck space is 1,850 m2.
Further enhancing the vessel’s versatility is a 3,000-tonne carousel below deck and 150-tonne-capacity vertical lay system for installing flexible products, flowlines and umbilicals.
Normand Vision has been contracted to Stavanger-based Ocean Installer most of the time since its delivery in 2014.
Meanwhile, Bergen-based DOF Subsea reported securing multiple new contracts for survey, inspection, maintenance, repair and decommissioning work in the Atlantic region. DOF Subsea plans to deploy Skandi Acergy, Skandi Seven and Skandi Skansen for the contracts. The contracts will be executed in Q3 and Q4 2020, totalling more than 150 offshore vessel days.
The contract announcement follows on the heels of two subsea awards in Asia Pacific region for DOF Subsea, one for IMR services for Chevron Australia supporting its activities in the North-West Shelf and another for a moorings replacement and rectification project in southeast Asia.
CSV Southern Ocean, jointly owned by Oceanteam and Bourbon, has secured a new contract by Fugro Australia with deployment offshore Australia starting Q4 2020 for about 30 days.
Oceanteam chief executive Henk van den IJssel said “Securing this new contract for the CSV Southern Ocean shows the increased activity in the offshore market and its faith in our assets. The deployment of the vessel will follow the execution of the planned class renewal programme of CSV Southern Ocean, which is currently being executed in Singapore and will be completed in September 2020.
Based in Bergen, GC Rieber Shipping reported its 19%-owned geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices was awarded a seismic survey and processing contract by Oil India Ltd, and a project by CGG in Brazil as part of the five-year capacity agreement.
The project for Oil India Ltd is a combined 3D and 2D towed streamer seismic acquisition and processing contract in the Andaman Sea and Kerala-Konkan coastal waters offshore India. The 1,020 km2 3D survey will be executed by one of Shearwater’s high capacity 3D vessels over about 45 days. Commencing in Q3 2020, the work programme also comprises 8,400 km of 2D data acquisition. The project includes full 2D and 3D time processing and depth imaging by Shearwater’s Processing & Imaging business.
Being conducted by Oceanic Sirius, the CGG project is for the Brazil Nebula survey extension. It started in July and will take approximately six months to complete.