Norway: Offshore Safety Statoil Orders Emergency Response Vessels
Statoil awards Simon Møkster Shipping AS contracts for three emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV), and Havila Shipping ASA for one ERRV.
Oslo/Norway — The contacts have a total value, included options, of NOK 2.7 billion (approx. € 300 million). The vessels will be part of the company’s area-wide emergency response on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The contracts will run for seven years, with five one-year extension options. The Norwegian oil company has a total of six ERRV vessels on the NCS, and one vessel currently being upgraded to an adequate relief vessel. According to Statoil, the vessels will cover emergency response services on the NCS together with the 24-hour operations centre at Sandsli, adding to the five operative SAR helicopters on the NCS.
The area emergency response vessels are fitted with two MOB boats, fire-fighting equipment, minimum 110-tonne towing capacity and an emergency hospital. In addition, the vessels carry oil spill response equipment such as oil booms and skimmers, and storage capacity for oil spill clean-up in accordance with NOFO requirements, in addition to oil dispersing equipment. The vessels also have a stern lifeboat recovery system, and a helipad. In the bid process fuel efficiency has been part of the evaluation criteria.
Emergency response collaboration
Statoil is working closely with several private and public players about the emergency preparedness system on the NCS. Through the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) the company has access to oil spill response resources along the entire coast.