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    Craig Group launches largest ever vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // April 12, 2007

    Grampian Talisman is Craig Group's largest ever vessel.

    The Craig Group’s biggest ever platform supply vessel has been launched in Spain. Grampian Talisman represents an investment of £12 million by the global shipping and energy services company and will join its fleet of offshore support vessels later this year.
    Craig Group division, North Star Shipping, contracted Astillerios Balenciaga SA of Spain to build the 78.2m PSV.

    Grampian Talisman is the ninth vessel ordered from Balenciaga by the group in five years and  underlines its commitment to and confidence in the North Sea.
    The new platform supply vessel, which was officially launched by Samantha Craig - the fourth generation of the family in the company - and will go straight onto a long-term charter in the North Sea.

    Talisman Energy UK Limited has awarded North Star Shipping a five year charter for the vessel with multiple options.
    North Star managing director, Callum Bruce, says: “We are proud to have launched this flagship addition to the fleet. Our fleet of multi role vessels has been extensively modernised in the last few years and the addition of this high specification platform supply vessel clearly demonstrates continued commitment to providing clients with cost effective innovative solutions.”
    Designed by IMT of Montrose and measuring 78.2m in length with a 17m beam, the new vessel will have 740 square metres of deck.

    Although a PSV, she will also be capable of meeting the requirements of a 300 class emergency response and rescue vessel and be capable of carrying daughter craft.
    Leading providers of emergency response and rescue, multi-role ROV survey and supply vessels, North Star Shipping, currently operates a fleet of 29 vessels and has recently taken delivery of three new-build emergency response and rescue vessels as part of a seven-ship new-build programme to modernise its fleet.
    Douglas Craig, managing director of The Craig Group says : “This investment is part of our overall strategy of diversifying and modernising our fleet, which began in 2001 with two new-build multi-role vessels - Grampian Explorer and Grampian Surveyor.
    “This additional investment is good news for the group, our industry and the North Sea in general, as it underlines our confidence in their long-term future.”
    The total investment in a range of new vessels by The Craig Group since 2001 now amounts to an impressive £70 million.

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