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    Atlantic Offshore newbuild heads straight to work for Statoil

    Vessel & ROV News // February 22, 2013

    Atlantic Offshore's latest newbuild, the multi-role emergency rescue and response vessel Ocean Response, has been delivered and was due to head directly to the North Sea, where the vessel will operate on behalf of Statoil.

    The newbuild cost approximately NKr 330 million and is the third newbuilding to have been delivered to Atlantic Offshore in the last 12 months.

    The company's CEO, Roy Wareberg, said he was pleased to be developing what he called "a modern and internationally competitive offshore fleet." Six more vessels are currently under construction for the company.

    "Both authorities and operators set high standards for safety and environmental contingency. Atlantic Offshore has an extensive newbuilding programme and has gradually taken a strong international position in the market for emergency vessels and supply vessels," said Mr Wareberg. "The ships are equipped with the latest technology, and contingency services related to fire, oil spill and rescue operations.

    "The new vessels also meet stringent environmental regulations. Ocean Response was built by Bergen Group BMV in Bergen, and both the yard and the company believe the ship sets a new standard in offshore vessels.

    "Ocean Response is the next-generation emergency response and rescue vessel," said Mr Wareberg, "constructed to handle advanced emergency and rescue operations, and maintenance of loading hoses in oilfields," Mr Wareberg said.

    Ocean Response is a VS 465 MkII design, developed by Wärtsilä Ship Design in co-operation with Atlantic Offshore. The vessel is 75m long and has evacuation space for 370 people. The vessel is equipped to Fi-Fi II standard, for oil spill response, and has a bollard pull of 120 tonnes.


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