Atlantic Offshore commissions powerful ERRVVessel & ROV News // May 20, 2013
Ocean Troll was the subject of a £2 million refit.
Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue has commissioned what it claims will be the UK’s most powerful emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV).
Ocean Troll – which recently completed a long term charter with Statoil – has undergone a £2 million conversion and overhaul at MMS in Hull to become a UK Class A ERRV with tanker assist and firefighting capabilities. Its home port will be Aberdeen and it will become Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s principal relief vessel supporting the fleet in the North Sea.
The vessel transferred from Atlantic’s Norwegian operation is part of a £300 million fleet investment programme undertaken over the last three years by the Atlantic Offshore Group and is the start of the renewal of its UK Fleet.
In recent months, orders have been placed by Atlantic Offshore Rescue for two high-specification TAV/ERRVs with one due to join the fleet in January 2014 and the other scheduled for completion in 2015.
The three new ERRVs will secure employment for 90 seamen between them. The 78m Ocean Troll is equipped with rescue craft including two daughter craft and two fast response craft (FRCs). It is compliant with Norwegian legislation and can carry 300 survivors. With firefighting capabilities of 4 x 1800m3/hour, it has bollard pull of 150 tonnes and 12,560bhp.
John Bryce, managing director of Atlantic Offshore Rescue, said: “We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible rescue and recovery service in the event of any offshore emergency and will continue to invest in our fleet and employees to continue to strengthen our service.
“The last year has seen us sign new agreements with a number of major operators we have worked with for several years as well as securing business with others on the back of the reputation built by our personnel and fleet.’’