Aberdeen-headquartered offshore support vessel operator Sentinel Marine is adding three emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) to its fleet, forking out around £36m ($45.85m) for the vessels.
Cromarty Sentinel, Trafalgar Sentinel and Viking Sentinel will be built at a shipyard in China with deliveries scheduled for the end of 2020.
The vessels will be used primarily for the safety of offshore personnel, but can perform secondary roles such as oil recovery, rescue towing and dynamic positioning.
Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, commented: “The three new build multi-role ERRVs will be delivered throughout 2020 and will create employment for another 80 seafarers, bringing our total workforce to around 400 on and offshore.
“This is a speculative investment by Sentinel Marine, based on the significant demand there has been for our fleet of high-specification custom-build vessels which we have introduced on a rolling programme since 2015.
“There has been an increase in activity in the North Sea over the past 12 months, and there is certainly a market for vessels of this standard. The multi-role nature of the ships, together with the technology on board, age and efficiency, offer an attractive proposition to operators and have been very well received.”
Sentinal ordered a series of nine ERRVs in 2015, the last of which is due for delivery in April.