Statoil takes Simon Møkster ERRV trio on seven-year charters

Statoil takes Simon Møkster ERRV trio on seven-year charters

Statoil has extended charters on three Simon Møkster Shipping emergency response and rescue vessels for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The deal is in addition to the new charter extension for Havila Shipping ERRV, Havila Troll, announced by the vessel owner yesterday.

Statoil says the four contacts, which are for seven years firm with five one-year options, have a total value of NOK 2.7 billion inclusive of options.

The three vessels chartered from Simon Møkster Shipping are Stril Poseidon, Stril Merkur and Stril Herkules.

According to Statoil, the vessels will play an important role in addressing both government and the company’s requirements for rescue, hospital, fire-fighting, emergency towing and oil spill preparedness.

Philippe F. Mathieu, senior vice president for joint operations support at Statoil, commented: “Statoil has an extensive emergency preparedness system on the NCS, and through the contracts we have secured four vessels that are tailored to our waters. I look forward to continuing our long-standing and good partnership with Simon Møkster Shipping and Havila Shipping.”

Statoil has a total of six ERRV vessels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and one additional vessel being upgraded to an adequate relief vessel.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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