Netherlands-based subsea services provider DeepOcean has secured a contract from Equinor to provide subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services in 2020.

With a duration of up to nine months work offshore, the contract will be executed using the subsea vessel Normand Ocean.

DeepOcean’s Normand Ocean is an MT6022 multipurpose construction vessel designed to provide better stability and station keeping. It joined the company’s fleet in 2014. The equipment and workspaces of the vessel are designed to perform safe and efficient subsea operations.

The work scope includes subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations that cover IMR activities on Equinor’s assets on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) including associated project management and engineering services. The project team will work out of DeepOcean’s offices in Haugesund, Norway.

DeepOcean subsea services commercial director Rolf Ivar Sørdal said: “During the past number of years, DeepOcean has performed a wide range of complex and demanding subsea operations for Equinor, with strict safety, quality and flexibility requirements.

“Following our successful execution of the first year under the new IRM frame agreement in 2019, we are pleased to learn that Equinor yet again selects DeepOcean as their preferred partner.

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“We look forward to further develop our cooperation with Equinor and hope the 2020 season will provide an opportunity to test new technology being developed in our company”.

The offshore operations are expected to start during the first quarter of 2020.