£12m North Sea contracts signals growth for Atlantic Offshore Rescue

Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue has secured contracts in the last few weeks with major oil companies worth a combined £12million.
The vessels will provide support in the UK North Sea for Shell, Nexen, Hess and Talisman Energy (UK) Limited.  Atlantic Offshore has been in operation since 1995 and manages a fleet of nine emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) and four platform supply vessels (PSVs) out of Aberdeen.
John Bryce, managing director of Atlantic Offshore, said: “We enjoy a long-standing working relationship with Shell and are delighted that they have contracted our vessel once again. In addition to Hess and Nexen, who are returning clients, we are pleased to have secured a contract with new client Talisman and we look forward to demonstrating our safety standards onboard whilst building strong relationships with these companies. 
“We have invested heavily into our fleet and staff training and are dedicated to continuing to do so.  All of our nine ERRVs are currently fully utilised and we anticipate expanding the fleet with further vessels in the near future to meet client demand.
“It has been a very positive year to date and we look forward to strengthening our presence within the oil and gas industry under our new Atlantic Offshore Rescue branding. I am pleased that our good reputation is attracting new clients and we look forward to a long and safe working partnership with them,” he continued.
The company employs 350 people (approximately 330 seamen and 20 office-based staff) and provides multi-role offshore and emergency rescue and response vessels for many of the oil majors operating in the North Sea. The company’s aim is to continue to expand its standby and emergency response capabilities within both the Norwegian and British sector of the North Sea and to be able to provide cross-border solutions reflecting the needs of its clients.
Atlantic Offshore Rescue is part of the Atlantic Offshore Group which is based in Norway.

Atlantic Offshore builds at SIMEK

SIMEK yard in Flekkefjord has been commissioned to deliver a PSV for Atlantic Offshore. The new vessel, which will be delivered in April 2013, ensures continued employment of up to 60 employees at the yard.

Atlantic Offshore operates 26 vessels and large parts of the business is related to the North Sea basin. The company is located at Sotra outside Bergen and has around 550 employees. – Atlantic Offshore is an exciting new customer for us. The ship we are building contains the most recent technology. The ship will be built inside, and we believe that further enhances the quality of the new building, says CEO Øyvind Iversen at SIMEK. The contract secures work for up to 60 employees over the next year. The new vessel is a UT 755 LC by 710 square meters deck and has the most modern of technical devices and solutions. The vessel is 76.6 meters long and 16 meters in width.
Currently, Atlantic Offshore do not have a contract for the new vessel. – Based on the activity and demand in offshore markets internationally, it is highly unlikely that this ship will be without a contract. We assume that the market is still growing, and it is also in line with both internal and external analyses, says CEO Roy Wareberg Atlantic Offshore. The company has this year already launched two new ships, and after the summer Bergen Group will deliver their third newbuilding in 2012. Overall, Atlantic Offshore have invested over a billion in renewal of the fleet.
– A modern fleet provides an competitive advantage. Operators place considerable emphasis on new vessels with the highest certifications in safety and environment, says Wareberg.

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