Sartor orders OSV trio from local yard

13 Jan 2011
The VS 465 MK II design to be used on the first ship Bergen Group will construct for Sartor Offshore

The VS 465 MK II design to be used on the first ship Bergen Group will construct for Sartor Offshore

The Norwegian shipbuilder Bergen Group BMV has been awarded contracts from Sartor Offshore AS for the construction of three multi-purpose offshore vessels with a total value of about NOK 1 billion ($169 million).

The contract for the first vessel has a value of approximately NOK 330 million ($55.8 million), and the vessel is scheduled for delivery in the 3rd quarter 2012. The ship will then go into a 10-year lease agreement with Statoil for operations in the North Sea. This contract is made subject to final funding to be solved before end of January 2011.

The contracts on the other two ships have a value of approximately NOK 670 million ($113.3 million), and require final funding in place during the 2nd quarter of 2011. Both these vessels are to be delivered by the end of 2012.

Sartor Offshore’s extensive renewal project of their fleet has a strong focus on environment, safety and flexibility. All three ships will have a very low fuel consumption compared with the corresponding tonnage, and are equipped with fuel catalysers that reduce the NOx emissions by 90%. The design layout is optimized for operations under demanding conditions.

The first ship to be delivered Sartor Offshore is a next-generation multi-purpose offshore emergency rescue and response support vessel. This multifunctional vessel of design type VS 465 MK II was developed by Wärtsilä Ship Design in close cooperation with the shipping company. The ship has a length of 74m and is specially designed to protect both emergency preparedness operations as well as demanding rescue operations. The newbuilding will have residue recuperation equipment for oil and chemicals, special radars that measure pollution levels, oil skimmers and similar equipment.

The other two ships contracted are based on a VS 480-design which have a length of 80m. All three vessels will be outfitted with advanced equipment for fire protection and fire fighting.

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