Troms Offshore acquires two PSVsVessel & ROV News // June 16, 2014
Troms Offshore Supply, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tidewater, has entered into agreements to purchase two PSV Vard 08 vessels that are already under construction, hulls no 791 and 792 at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam.
The vessels have a length overall of 81.70m and a breadth of 18.00m with a deck area of 830m2. The two ships will primarily be positioned for operations in the North Sea and Arctic waters and will be managed by the Troms team in Norway. Delivery dates are expected in January and April 2015.
Both sister ships are based on an environmentally-friendly design and equipment and will be delivered with the class notation Clean Design. In addition to the customary supply ship services, the ships will be prepared for North Sea and Barents Sea operations through the Ice C class notation and also carry firefighting and oil recovery equipment in accordence with NOFO 2009, Standby rescue in accordance with NMD for up to 200 persons.
Mårten Lunde, the CEO of Troms Offshore, stated: “We are delighted with Tidewater’s purchase of the two vessels which supports our strategy of becoming a leading supplier of PSV services in the North Sea and arctic markets.
"This investment will enable us to grow the company and will create further employment opportunities both onshore and offshore. This will benefit the northern region as we predominately recruit our personnel from this area. We are grateful to our parent company Tidewater, which acquired Troms Offshore last summer, for supporting our growth strategy and enabling us to invest into modern tonnage and qualified personnel.
"We have taken delivery of several vessels from the Vard group in Norway and are confident that their yard in Vietnam will deliver vessels with equivalent quality as those constructed in Norway.”