Norway-based Havyard group has won a contract from domestic shipping company Atlantic Offshore to design its new field support vessel (FSV).
The FSV will be based on Havyard Design & Engineering's Havyard 820 design and is scheduled to be delivered in the summer of 2014.
Under the deal, Havyard Power & Systems will deliver several other products and services to the ship, including electro engineering, IAS and PMS, ConceptBridge, NavCom and Bridge Watch System.
Havyard Global Solutions sales manager Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane said that the Havyard 820 design is developed to satisfy the specific demands of a modern standby vessel.
"This will be the next generation standby vessel having the most modern solutions within fire and standby," Thrane said.
The ship will have a 400m² loading and storage capacity and accommodation for 300.
The ship will be equipped with modern solutions for fire and emergency preparedness amd will be able to relieve oil platforms by offering cargo or storage capacity.
Upon delivery the vessel will be chartered to oil company Total for four years, with an option of another four years starting from 2014.
The vessel will operate in the Martin Linge gas field, northwest of Stavanger, Norway.
This is the second charter contract Atlantic Offshore has signed with Total in the North Sea and the first in the Norwegian sector.
Atlantic Offshore CEO Roy Wareberg said the contract has strengthened the company's position in the emergency segment in the North Sea.
"Last week the company signed two contracts with Statoil, which means that the company operates an additional two PSVs (platform supply vessel) in the North Sea from 2014."
Atlantic Offshore, which is located at Sotra outside Bergen, Norway, has a fleet of 22 vessels and has previously worked with the Havyard Group.