Statoil has signed long-term charters for seven supply vessels in separate deals with five Norwegian owners as it looks to lock in low dayrates.
The award by Statoil has a total contract value of NOK 3.1 billion, including options, Norway’s state oil firm said in a statement. All vessels will be equipped with hybrid battery operation, and the possibility of shore power connection.
“We look forward to a long-term cooperation with the chosen ship owners. The contracts will bring predictability to both the ship owners and Statoil, and will allow us to focus on optimising our operations to continuously improve operation, safety and energy efficiency,” said Philippe F. Mathieu, senior vice president for joint operations support in Statoil.
The vessels chosen have good technical specifications adapted to Statoil’s logistics operations.
The seven supply vessels will operate from the supply bases at Mongstad, Dusavik, Florø and Kristiansund.
“The bidding process has attracted high attention, and we have received bids for around 50 vessels from many competent and highly qualified ship owners. We require the crew on all vessels to speak one of the Scandinavian languages,” said Mathieu.
Four of the contracts have a duration of five years, plus five one-year extension options. These were signed with Skansi Offshore, DOF (contract for two vessels) and Solstad Farstad.
The following ship owners and vessels were awarded three-year contracts, including three one-year extension options: Ugland, Havila (two contracts).