Norwegian offshore support vessel (OSV) owners have secured more work for their subsea construction and rig supply ships in Europe and west Africa
GC Rieber Shipping has gained another contract for its flexible pipelay and subsea construction vessel Polar Onyx, which brings it back to Europe for the first time in five years. The 2014-built vessel will be mobilised from Ghana to the North Sea in Q2 2021. It has been working for DeepOcean on deepwater oil and gas projects in west Africa since 2016 and this was recently extended to May 2021.
On 25 February, GC Rieber Shipping chief operating officer Christoffer Knudsen said Polar Onyx had secured a new charter from a Tier 1 subsea contractor, commencing 1 July 2021. It will be working on subsea construction work for a firm duration of three months, with options to extend this into Q4 2021.
“Following completion of a successful and long-term employment of Polar Onyx in west Africa we are now pleased to see the vessel returning to Europe for the first time since 2016,” said Mr Knudsen. “We look forward to servicing Polar Onyx’s newest client, demonstrating the vessel’s unique and advanced capabilities.”
Earlier this week, GC Rieber said it had sold 2011-built walk-to-work vessel Polar Queen to an undisclosed buyer.
Rem Offshore has gained contracts for two of its platform supply vessels (PSVs) for employment into 2022. Vår Energi has given Rem Offshore a one-year contract to charter 2015-built PSV Rem Arctic, scheduled to begin in March or April this year. There are four options to extend this charter for six-month periods, which could keep the VS 485 MK III Arctic-design vessel employed until 2025.
In the offshore renewables sector, Rem Offshore was awarded a contract for Rem Trader from Van Oord to support the Saint Brieuc offshore windfarm during construction campaigns in 2021 and 2022. Rem Offshore said this was an example of how it is looking “to place PSV’s in other segments to show the diversity and capability of our fleet”.
Siem Offshore has reported two vessel contracts this week, with its latest falling for subsea construction vessel Siem Spearfish. The 2014-built, STX OSCV 03-design vessel will be mobilised from Norway to west Africa to commence a two-month firm contract with options during Q2 2021.
This award comes swiftly after Siem Offshore said its offshore construction vessel Siem Barracuda was sailing to the Far East to work for Seaway 7 on an offshore windfarm project.
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