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    Vroon Offshore Services announces further investment in field support vessels

    Vessel & ROV News // December 5, 2007
    Vroon Offshore Services has announced an order for an additional four field support vessels – with an option for a further two – as the next phase of its fleet investment programme.
    The order for the IMT 955L field support vessels has been placed with the Astilleros Zamakona SL shipyard in Spain.
    This latest order brings the total number of new-build IMT 955 field support vessels ordered from Zamakona to 13.
    Three vessels have been delivered to date in 2007 and a fourth is to be delivered this month.  The remaining nine vessels are scheduled to become operational during the period 2008 to 2011.
    All of the vessels can provide both deck and under deck cargo support, in addition to emergency response and rescue cover for multiple offshore installations, utilising their daughter craft and fast rescue craft. All are powered by diesel electric propulsion systems.
    In addition to the 13 Field Support Vessels, VOS has four T Class conventional emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) on order from Damen in Holland, with two being delivered in 2007 and two in 2008.
    Graham Philip, Chief Executive Officer of Vroon Offshore Services’ UK operations, said: “This latest order brings Vroon’s total investment programme in the ERRV sector to more than £110million (Euro 150 million) and clearly demonstrates Vroon’s commitment to, and confidence in, this important market.”
    VOS currently operates a total of 58 vessels from bases in Aberdeen, Scotland; Den Helder, The Netherlands; and Genoa in Italy, and has a total of 23 new build vessels on order. 
    Its fleet includes conventional and multi-role ERRVs, platform supply, anchor handling, dive support and utility vessels, operating principally in the North Sea and the Mediterranean.

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