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    BUE Viking secures more business in North Sea

    News // October 24, 2003
    North Sea standby company BUE Viking has landed major contracts in the North Sea worth in excess of 14 million with Maersk, Bluewater Offshore and PGS.

    BUE Viking has added offshore giant, Maersk to its client portfolio. In preparation for this contract, the company has invested a quarter of a million in upgrading its standby vessel, BUE Islay, to provide tanker assistance. The vessel will support the Maersk Curlew floating production storage and offtake tanker for two years, with further options.

    This contract is another high profile capture for BUE Viking, which has secured business from almost all the major North Sea energy players since its formation in September 2002.

    Dutch operator, Bluewater Offshore, has extended its contract with BUE Viking for the Amerada Hess Fife field for another year, with four further one year options.

    Finally, BUE Viking has secured new business with PGS in the Banff field. The Viking Challenger will support the Ramform Banff floating production unit (FPSO) as part of a one year deal with further options available.

    BUE Viking was established following the merger of BUE North Sea and Viking Standby and now operates 45 vessels, representing the largest standby fleet in the North Sea.

    Steve Ferguson, BUE Viking commercial manager, welcomed these new deals. He said: "These are important contracts for BUE Viking, underlining our focus on the North Sea and demonstrating the recognition by the industry of our strength in the safety and standby sector.

    "The past year has been a challenging one as we have had to integrate both sides of the company as well as provide an ongoing service to our clients. However, we have passed these tests with flying colours and are looking forward to the future."

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