A new multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) built by Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine as part of a £110m investment has been deployed to operations in the southern North Sea. Forties Sentinel was officially named at a ceremony in Great Yarmouth.
Forties Sentinel has been contracted to INEOS Breagh to provide support for the firm’s production facilities in the Breagh gas field. INEOS has also chartered a second ERRV from the Sentinel Marine fleet – Sentinel Ranger – for the field.
The 61m vessel was officially named in a quayside ceremony by the ship’s godmother, Ylva Tuft, the wife of INEOS Oil & Gas chief executive officer, Geir Tuft, while Great Yarmouth port chaplain Rev Peter Paine performed the blessing. The charter for Forties Sentinel was brokered by Braemar ACM Shipbrokers.
It is the second vessel to be christened by Sentinel Marine in recent weeks, with Mariner Sentinel being deployed to Statoil’s Mariner field last month. She is one of nine new-build ERRVs ordered by the firm: six are already in operation and three are in various stages of construction at a shipyard in China.
In addition to the primary role of protecting offshore workers, the ERRVs, which are equipped with the latest technology, can perform a number of other tasks, making them extremely efficient to operate.
Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, says the naming ceremony was another milestone in what has been another very successful year for the company. He adds, “This has been yet another landmark day for Sentinel Marine, and we are delighted that our clients at INEOS Breagh were able to play a pivotal role in the celebrations.
“With new vessels launched and a string of contact wins, 2017 has been an exceptional year for Sentinel Marine. These are a new breed of multi-role ERRVs which provide a streamlined and more efficient solution for clients, and as many operators are seeing the benefits that this approach brings we anticipate that 2018 will also be very successful for us.
“Not only do these vessels represent value for money because they can perform more than one task, they are built to the highest possible specifications with health and safety of crew, passengers and the marine environment at the forefront of the design.”
Mervyn Williams, supply chain manager INEOS Breagh added, “The working relationship with Sentinel is first class; characterised by a shared uncompromising commitment to safety, efficiency and team work. We have been delighted with the performance of both Forties Sentinel and Sentinel Ranger in support of our routine operations and drilling campaign.”