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Emergency response vessels for North Sea

February 5, 2007, 12:00 CET

Statoil has signed two letters of intent with the Danish shipping company Esvagt AS for delivery of two emergency response vessels. The deals are together worth over NOK 900 million.

The ships, both newbuildings, will enter service as area emergency response vessels in the North Sea. One of them will operate in the Sleipner/Volve area, replacing the current vessel there, in addition to maintaining upcoming emergency response requirements when the

Volve field comes on stream. The other vessel will operate in the Gjøa area.

"With these state-of-the-art, robust craft, we're strengthening our emergency response capabilities and safety in the North Sea," says Terje Breivik, head of maritime operations in Statoil.


The Norwegian company Ulstein Design AS has designed the emergency response vessel.

The ships will be able to take 370 people each in the event of a major accident. They will also be able to undertake emergency tows of drifting vessels up to tankers and will be equipped with the latest oil spill prevention equipment.

During bad weather the ships can haul in smaller craft, for example man overboard boats (MOBs), via a special stern sluice.

The Esvagt shipping company, 75% owned by A P Moller - the Maersk group, will deliver the vessels in the spring of 2009. The contracts have an eight-year duration with options of three times one year.

The vessels will be delivered with an x-bow, formed like a traditional Viking longship, which cuts the water better.

The emergency response vessels will have an overall length of around 76.5 metres and a beam of 17 metres. They have a crew of 11 and are capable of 17 knots.