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    Sartor Offshore places contract for three vessels at Bergen Yards

    Vessel & ROV News // January 14, 2011

    Sartor Offshore has awarded Bergen Group a contract for the construction of three multi-purpose offshore vessels with a total value of about NKr 1 billion. Sartor said the newbuilding programme "has a strong focus on environmentally solutions based on high safety and flexibility."

    The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2012. The ship will then go into a 10-year charter agreement with Statoil for operations in the North Sea.

    The contracts on the other two ships have a value of approximately NKr 670 million, and require final funding to be in place during the second quarter of 2011. Both vessels are due to be delivered by the end of 2012.

    The first ship to be delivered to Sartor Offshore is a VS 465 Mk 11 emergency rescue and response support vessel from Wärtsilä Ship Design. The ship is an improved version of the VS 465, a design that is used in Sartor's newest ship which will operate for Gaz de France on the Gjøa field.

    The two other ships are based on a VS 480 design and will have a length of 80m.

    "Development and renewal of the fleet of ships is crucial when we negotiate with our clients. The company has ambitions to be one of the leaders in oil-spill preparedness. It will be established a new standard in this area with the ships we have in our fleet renewal plan for the next year," said Roy Wareberg, CEO of Sartor Offshore.


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