Norwegian offshore support vessel owners secured contracts for three ships in the offshore oil, gas and renewables sectors at the end of January
Eidesvik Offshore gained a time charter from Aker BP for its platform supply vessel Viking Prince to assist a drilling campaign in the Norwegian sector. This contract was awarded under the current frame agreement Eidesvik has with Aker BP. It will see the 2012-built vessel provide supplies to an offshore drilling facility for at least 120 days from April 2021.
Siem Offshore won a six-month contract for its subsea construction vessel Siem Stingray in the growing offshore renewables sector. The 2014-built and STX OSCV 03-design vessel will also commence its contract with GE Renewable Energy in April 2021. Siem Offshore, which is in the middle of a restructuring programme, said this contract award “marks an important continuation of the strong commitment Siem Offshore has for serving the renewable energy segment”.
It claims to be a leading actor within this segment as it has completed more than 200,000 personnel transfers to offshore windfarms to date, deploying its versatile vessels on projects run by operators such as GE Renewable Energy, Siem Offshore said.
Solstad Offshore also gained more work in the offshore renewables sector securing a contract with MHI Vestas for its construction support vessel Normand Fortress. The 2006-built, MT 6016 MK II-design vessel will support walk-to-work operations at the Triton Knoll windfarm in UK. Normand Fortress will be working for at least 140 days, from March 2021.
This is the first contract Solstad has gained from MHI Vestas and the Skudeneshavn-headquartered company said it was “a milestone in our work towards further enhancing our presence within the worldwide offshore wind markets”.
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