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Norway-based vessel operator Atlantic Offshore has placed an order for a new field support vessel (FSV), worth around €25m, with Zamakona Yards, a Spainish shipbuilding company, as part of its plan to modernise its fleet.

Based on Havyard Design HY820, the new FSV is currently under construction at Bilbao shipyard in Spain.

The vessel is expected to begin service in the second quarter of 2015 and will be operated by Shell UK over a period of five years.

Atlantic Offshore has signed deals for a total of nine new vessels, of which four have already been delivered.

The company currently has a total fleet of 24 ships, of which 19 are self-owned, and five are on management.

Atlantic Offshore has made huge investments to upgrade its fleet, while Zamakona Yards has bagged about 40% of its new ship contracts.

"Based on Havyard Design HY820, the new FSV is currently under construction at Bilbao shipyard in Spain."

Atlantic Offshore CEO, Roy Wareberg, said the new ships contain features beyond the emergency response they perform, such as towing, loading and storage capacity.

Wareberg also said the company operates in a market with lots of activity, and several newbuildings is a natural consequence of new contracts.

Atlantic Offshore, which has signed long-term deals with Statoil, Total, GDF Suez, British Gas and Shell, is planning to add new vessels during the next few years.

Bilbao-based Zamakona Yards has so far constructed vessels for Atlantic Offshore three times.

Atlantic Offshore currently operates 24 vessels off Ireland, the Mediterranean, Southern Atlantic and in the North Sea.


Image: Havyard 820 vessel. Photo courtesy of Atlantic Offshore.

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