On Saturday July 26, 2014, a ceremony was held in Bergen to officially name the latest new subsea construction vessel to join the Technip fleet, the North Sea Atlantic.
More than 200 guests from shipowner North Sea Shipping, ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners, gathered to attend the ceremony held at the NorYards BMV AS shipyard (previously Bergen Group) in Laksevåg, Bergen, Norway. The event was hosted by North Sea Shipping CEO, Hallvard Klepsvik, and his wife, Sigrid Anne Våge, acted as the vessel godmother.
Technip announced in 2012 that it had signed a long term charter agreement with North Sea Shipping for an advanced new build construction vessel. During the two year construction period, teams from the two companies worked together closely to ensure the project was delivered to expectations. Designed to Technip’s specifications, this multi-purpose vessel is capable of undertaking pipelay, subsea construction and IRM projects.
The vessel’s design meets the highest requirements for subsea work and although she will work predominantly in the North Sea, she is also suitable for deepwater operations worldwide. This advanced DP class 3 vessel is equipped with a 550 Te active heave-compensated crane and a 2,000 Te underdeck carousel for product storage. She can accommodate an Openable Vertical Lay System for pipelay of flexibles and umbilicals.
Following final commissioning and trials, North Sea Atlantic is scheduled to commence her first projects working in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea from August 2014, followed by projects in the U.K. North Sea.
Hallvard Klepsvik, CEO of North Sea Shipping, said, “We are confident that this state-of-the-art vessel will fulfill the expectations of Technip and that it will be a valuable asset for their future operations. We thank Technip for the good collaboration during the build phase and look forward to continuing this during operation of the vessel.”
David McGuire, Vice President of Technip’s marine operations organization said, “We are delighted that the North Sea Atlantic is joining our fleet of specialized vessels, which further expands our capabilities on offer to clients. We would like to thank North Sea Shipping for their excellent cooperation throughout the construction phase and look forward to seeing the vessel delivering projects in the field.”