Secunda Canada has agreed with Hibernia Management and Development Company (HMDC) and ExxonMobil Canada Properties (Charterers) to support Hibernia and Hebron fields offshore operations.
The five year contract includes a total of 15 years of options at Charterers’ discretion to support the fields offshore of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Secunda CEO Idar Hillersoy said: "This contract is an important next step in Secunda’s plans for fleet renewal and growth in the Canadian market."
As part of the contract, Secunda will construct one offshore support vessel that will be based on the Rolls-Royce UT 782WP design.
Secunda has carried out the design and concept development of the new vessel in partnership with its part-owner Siem Offshore, and Rolls-Royce.
The vessel will primarily be used to transport cargo but it will also have ancillary roles, including ice management and anchor handling.
Featuring a hybrid propulsion system for increased operational flexibility and low fuel consumption, the vessel’s design has been optimised to meet the challenges and harsh Grand Banks conditions.
The vessel will also be incorporated with the latest technologies for safety of the crew and its operation. It is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2015.
In the past, Secunda has supported ExxonMobil Canada’s offshore operation support vessels in Atlantic Canada for nearly two decades.
Image: Secunda’s new vessel will be used primarily to transport cargo. Photo: courtesy of Secunda Canada.