Solstad Offshore will upgrade 2014-built construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Ocean with a large battery installation after securing a long-term charter from DeepOcean in the North Sea
DeepOcean has signed a long-term contract to employ Normand Ocean (ex Rem Ocean) for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair work in the North Sea to the end of 2023. The MT 6022-design, 107.6-m vessel will also be used for light construction projects in the region during its charter period, which could be extended to the end of 2024 under an option. Solstad will install a 1-MWh battery system on the CTV and deploy a shore-power connection for recharging.
Solstad said Normand Ocean’s upgrade is part of its and DeepOcean`s common goals to reduce CO2 emissions from operations. The 1-MWh battery system will allow the vessel to operate with same efficiency but with less emissions. More commitments from both companies could be on the cards.
“Through this agreement Solstad and DeepOcean are committed to jointly exploring and initiating new steps to reduce emissions further by utilising new technology that will be available over the next years,” said Solstad.
It is not the only Oslo-listed owner to gain contracts for its offshore support vessels in June.
Siem Offshore has clinched a contract for its multipurpose support vessel Siem Dorado for work off South America. This contract includes 55 days of charter, mobilisation and demobilisation fees and extension options.
The 2009-built vessel will sail to Guyana to commence the contract during Q3 2021. On 1 June 2021, it was located in Ijmuiden, the Netherlands according to automatic identification system data. Its work scope when it arrives in Guyana will consist of fibre optic cable lay, support and hook-up.
Oslo-listed Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has won a contract for its seismic survey vessel Ramform Vanguard to keep it employed well into 2022 if extension options are taken. This contract will begin mid-August 2021. Ramform Vanguard will acquire seismic data in the Black Sea for 3D survey using its spread of 12 streamers of hydrophones.
PGS president and chief executive Rune Olav Pedersen said this contract “is a solid contribution to our orderbook”. He said Ramform Vanguard was reactivated from warm layup for the North Sea summer season because of increased seismic acquisition activity.
“Sales leads and active tenders remain healthy, and this contract award is evidence of a continued positive market sentiment, which we believe will extend into the winter season,” said Mr Pedersen.
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