BP extends three-year vessel contract with Vroon Offshore Services

2 March 2020 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2020 12:02)

Maritime offshore-services supplier Vroon Offshore Services has secured a three-year vessel contract extension from oil and gas company BP.

BP extends three-year vessel contract with Vroon Offshore Services
VOS provides emergency response and rescue vessels in the North Sea. Credit: Vroon Offshore Services.

Offshore-services supplier Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) has secured a three-year vessel contract extension from oil and gas major BP.

The UK-based company values the extension at approximately $38.3m (£30m).

Under the contract, VOS will continue to provide four emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) to support the oil and gas firm’s North Sea and West of Shetland assets until 2023.

The company’s Aberdeen managing director Craig Harvie said: “With BP’s commendable and ambitious targets to become net-zero by 2050, we are pleased to be able to support them with our extremely fuel-efficient vessels, many of which have diesel-electric power generation that significantly reduces their carbon footprint.

“Sustainability and carbon reduction are key considerations for our customers’ future needs and we are proud to be able to meet these.”

Vroon Offshore Services operates 38 ERRVs out of Aberdeen, UK, with four contracted to BP. A majority of its fleet has cargo-carrying capabilities, while some vessels are equipped with towage and tanker-assist features.

The vessels contracted to BP are the VOS Discovery, VOS Fairness, VOS Innovator and VOS Vigilant. According to the company, the contract extension secures the jobs of over 100 seafarers.

VOS Aberdeen owns a rescue-craft maintenance workshop in Montrose, London. It employs 50 people onshore and more than 100 seafarers.

Recently, BP announced it will withdraw from three US trade bodies over differences in climate policy. The British oil and gas giant cited disagreements over climate policy with the trade bodies.

BP has started advocating carbon pricing policies to discourage emissions, as well as regulation of methane emissions. However, trade bodies variously disagreed with the company.