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    Statoil goes to Esvagt for new ERRVs

    Vessel & ROV News // February 6, 2007

    Esvagt's new ERRVs for Statoil will have Ulstein Design's X BOW.

    Statoil has signed two letters of intent with the Danish shipping company Esvagt AS for delivery of two emergency response vessels (ERRVs). The deals are together worth over NKr 900 million.

    The ships, both newbuildings, will enter service as area emergency response vessels in the North Sea.

    One of them will operate in the Sleipner/Volve area, replacing the current vessel there, in addition to maintaining upcoming emergency response requirements when the Volve field comes on stream.

    The other vessel will operate in the Gjøa area.

    "With these state-of-the-art, robust craft, we're strengthening our emergency response capabilities and safety in the North Sea," said Terje Breivik, head of maritime operations in Statoil. 
    Ulstein Design AS is responsible for designing the SX123 ERRVs, which will be able to take 370 people each in the event of a major accident.

    They will also be able to undertake emergency tows of drifting vessels - such as tankers - and will be equipped with the latest oil spill prevention equipment.

    The newbuilds will also be designed with a stern ramp recovery system for smaller craft.

    Esvagt is owned 75 per cent by A P Moller Maersk and will take delivery of the vessels in the spring of 2009.

    The contracts awarded by Statoil have an eight-year duration with three one-year options.

    The new vessels will also incorporate Ulstein's X Bow hullform, and have an overall length of 76.5m and a beam of 17m. They will have a crew of 11 and be capable of 17 knots.


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