Bibby Marine Services said it has signed a contract with Total E&P Netherland to charter the new Damen designed and built walk-to-work’(W2W) service operationvVessel Bibby WaveMaster1 from April 2018 through to October 2018, with options to extend up to three years.
Total E&P Nederland will use the Bibby WaveMaster 1 to replace jack ups and helicopters and to provide access to gas platforms in the southern North Sea. The vessel will provide accommodation for up to 90 pax including crew.
Stephen Blaikie, CEO Bibby Marine Services, said, “Total E&P Nederland made a conscious decision to explore and utilize the innovation and efficiencies developed for the offshore wind market and use them in the oil and gas market. The comfort, logistics flows and ‘access certainty’ of Bibby WaveMaster 1 were key influencers in their decision. A team from Total E&P Nederland inspected the vessel at the shipyard and were impressed by the quality and features in addition to the well thought out workflows.”
Peter Robert, Director Business Development and Market Intelligence at Damen, said, “In the development of this vessel – the first of its kind – Damen and Bibby have brought together substantial knowledge. This has resulted in some impressive innovation and the versatility to apply it, safely and comfortably, across the whole spectrum of offshore energy industries.”
According to Bibby Marine Services , a team from Total inspected the vessel at the shipyard and were impressed by the quality and features in addition to the well thought out workflows.