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Four PSVs ordered

Thursday, 31 May 2012

BP said it had placed an order for four new platform support vessels (PSVs) with South Korea’s Hyundai to support the company’s long-term business strategy in the North Sea.

Impression of BP’s new PSV (© BP)

Upon delivery, which is scheduled between the winter of 2013 and summer of 2014, the vessels will be deployed to support BP’s West of Shetland and Norwegian operations. 
The purpose-built will have oil spill response capability and will be equipped with special tanks to transport fluids required for planned enhanced oil recovery  schemes. 
The operating and maintenance work will be locally supplied and officers and crew will be UK and Norwegian qualified mariners, according to BP.
Mark Hardie, UK logistics manager for BP’s North Sea region, said: “This is a significant investment in BP’s North Sea marine capability and will bring a number of business and local benefits from late 2013 onwards. The UK-dedicated vessels will be based and maintained in Aberdeen.” 
The PSVs will be hired  to BP exploration operating company on a 15-year bareboat term charter.