Statoil:Emergency preparedness through four vessel contracts

Stril Poseidon Photo Statoil

By Joseph R. Fonseca

Statoil awards Simon Møkster Shipping AS contracts
for three emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV), and
Havila Shipping ASA for one ERRV. The contacts have a total
value, included options, of NOK 2.7 billion. The vessels will be
part of Statoil's area-wide emergency response on the Norwegian
continental shelf (NCS).

The emergency response vessels play an important role in
addressing government authorities' and the company's own
requirements for rescue, hospital, fire-fighting, emergency
towing and oil spill preparedness.

"Statoil has an extensive emergency preparedness system on the
NCS, and through the contracts we have secured four vessels that
are tailored to our waters. I look forward to continuing our
long-standing and good partnership with Simon Møkster Shipping
and Havila Shipping," says Philippe F. Mathieu, Statoil's senior
vice president for joint operations support.

Long time horizon
The contracts will run for seven years, with five one-year
extension options.

The three vessels from Simon Møkster Shipping are Stril Poseidon,
Stril Merkur and Stril Herkules. Havila Shipping has been awarded
a contract for the vessel Havila Troll.

Statoil has a total of six ERRV vessels on the NCS, and one
vessel currently being upgraded to an adequate relief vessel.

The vessels will cover emergency response services on the NCS
together with the 24-hour operations centre at Sandsli. In
addition, Statoil has five operative SAR helicopters on the NCS.

"Safety and emergency preparedness are top priorities in our
operations. Through the new contracts we are well prepared for
important emergency response tasks on the NCS in the years to
come. The contracted vessels incorporate some of the most
sophisticated technologies for emergency response offshore," says

Well equipped
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.

All contracted vessels have been performing similar tasks for
Statoil for many years, and shipping companies and crews are
therefore well acquainted with the tasks to be performed.

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.

Contract start:

Simon Møkster Shipping:

Stril Poseidon's contract takes effect on July 2018 when today's
contract expires

Stril Merkur's contract takes effect on December 2018 when
today's contract expires

Stril Herkules' contract takes effect on December 2018 when
today's contract expires

Havila Shipping:

Havila Troll's contract takes effect on November 2017 when
today's contract expires

Feb 13, 2017

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