Six contracts were awarded to five shipowners, for a total estimated value of more than NOK 2.5 billion including options.

The six platform supply vessels will be managed by Simon Møkster Shipping AS, Island Offshore Management AS, Eidesvik AS, Remøy Shipping AS and P/F Skansi Offshore.

The contracts will take effect before the end of 2022, will have a firm duration of three years and three one-year options. The vessels will support Equinor’s activities on the Norwegian continental shelf.

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Equinor awards contracts for platform supply vessels

Stril Luna (Photo: Astilleros Gondan / Simon Møkster Shipping)

Mette H. Ottøy - portraitMette H. Ottøy, Purchasing Manager

“We are delighted to have entered into contracts with suppliers who have a strong safety culture and the capabilities to ensure safe and efficient operations for Equinor. Long-term commitments are mutually beneficial for Equinor and our suppliers. ensure predictability and form the basis for innovative solutions to improve all aspects of our collaboration, including reducing emissions from our operations,” says Mette H. Ottøy, Purchasing Manager.

Vessels, vessel owners and management:

  • Island Crusader, Island Offshore VIII KS, Island Offshore Management AS
  • Stril Luna, Simon Møkster Rederi AS, Simon Møkster Shipping AS
  • Stril Mar, Simon Møkster Rederi AS, Simon Møkster Shipping AS
  • Rem Hrist, Etta Shipowning Ltd, Remøy Shipping AS
  • Kongsborg, Skansi Ship Invest P/F, P/F Skansi Offshore
  • Viking Avant, Eidesvik MPSV AS, Eidesvik AS

in addition Equine extended a contract with Island Offshore Shipholding for four years, for Island Clipper, which is both a platform supply vessel and a foot work vessel. Island Clipper has supported the Oseberg field in the past and is also expected to work on the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm.

Ørjan Kvelvane - portraitAs part of the agreement, there is a shared commitment to pursue opportunities to modify the Island Crusader and Kongsborg ships to be powered by ammonia fuel. This will be achieved through two separate projects involving a number of contractors across the maritime industry. The overall objective is to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% through the use of ammonia. All six ships have, or will get, a battery installed for hybrid operations.

The agreements include the obligation for ships to employ a cadet or ordinary seaman for each shift, as a contribution to recruitment for the maritime industry.

“We depend on supply vessels like these to support our more than 40 active fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), and we look forward to working with owners and crews for many years to come. I am particularly pleased that we are jointly exploring possibilities for further CO2 reductions,” says Ørjan Kvelvane, Senior Vice President for Joint Operations Support.

Facts About Equinor’s NCS Supply Vessels

  • At any given time, around 30 supply vessels from a wide range of shipowners are in service to supply Equinor’s facilities and platforms. Standby ships and anchor handling ships are additional.
  • Approximately 900 people work on supply vessels in service for Equinor.
  • In 2021, ships transported nearly two million tonnes of cargo to and from the facilities.
  • Most of the vessels are on longer term contracts (3 years+), but there are also several vessels on shorter term and spot market contracts.

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Source: Equinor

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