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    BUE Viking recognised by BP and Kerr McGee

    News // January 23, 2004
    Leading providers of standby vessels to the offshore industry BUE Viking have been recognised by BP and Kerr McGee for almost nine years of valuable, safe and reliable service. The crew of the Viking Crusader were personally thanked at a presentation inearly January on board the vessel.

    The emergency rescue and recovery vessel Viking Crusader has been providing stand-by cover for BP's Harding platform and Kerr McGee's Gryphon FPSO since 1995. The main duty performed by the vessel and her crew is to provide a place of safety in the eventof a major incident and, to that end, she is equipped to recover personnel from the water and to give initial medical assistance. She also remains close to the installations during helicopter arrival and departure, provides man-overboard recovery as well as conducting pollution checks and patrolling the exclusion zones to warn off passing marine traffic.

    Brian Scott, services co-ordinator for BP Harding, presented the award to Jim Knight, the Master of the Viking Crusader. He said: "It is my pleasure to recognise almost nine years of valuable and reliable service from the crew of the Viking Crusader. Safety is of the utmost importance to BP and Kerr McGee and I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in keeping themselves and others safe."

    Graham Philip, chief executive of BUE Viking added: "It is pleasing to be recognised for our achievements in this area. We place huge emphasis on safety, not only because it is one of the primary decision criteria our customers use when selecting which companies to work with, but also because we value the expertise, skills and courage of our crews and want to ensure they work in the safest possible environment."

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