MAY 29, 2015 — North Sea standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue today held a christening ceremony in Aberdeen, Scotland, for the Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (MRV/ERRV) Ocean Falcon.
The ship is the third in a series of three Havyard HY820 design field support vessels built for Atlantic by Spanish shipbuilder Zamakona Yards as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling £300 million (about $460 million).
Ocean Falcon will provide emergency recovery, rescue cover, tanker assistance and general field support for offshore operations at the Curlew Field, in the North Sea.The ship can accommodate 21 employees, and has the amenities to rescue up to 300 people. With a towing capacity of up to 65 tons, it measures 66.80 meters in length and 16 meters beam and features two MAN main engines with a power of 1,935 kW each.
Matthew Gordon, managing director of Atlantic Offshore Rescue, said: "We are immensely proud to unveil Ocean Falcon, the third vessel to be launched as part of our extensive modernization strategy. The vessel incorporates cutting edge technology, and it is due to this and the expertise and professionalism of our team that we have secured a lucrative contract with an oil and gas operator.“We are trailblazing the way for emergency support vessels in the North Sea and this program is part of our vision for strategic growth and commitment to offer the very best FSV and ERRVs to existing and potential clients, a vital assurance for offshore operations within the energy sector."
The new vessel is one of 11 ERRVs managed by the company from its new 12,000 sq ft Aberdeen base at Waterloo Quay.
"Moving into our new premises was is a real milestone in our history, and already marks a very successful year for Atlantic Offshore Rescue," said Mr. Gordon. "Having outgrown our previous office we now have the capacity to accommodate future growth in the coming months and years. Being so close to Aberdeen harbour, we are also in a position to increase operational efficiency and better serve clients."
Atlantic Offshore Rescue is part of the Atlantic Offshore Group, which is based in Norway and currently operates a fleet of 22 ERRVs and Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) and also manages further PSVs on behalf of third parties.