“Environment Prince” to Johan Sverdrup
Eidesvik Offshore’s newest natural gas-driven supply ship “Viking Prince” is to start work at Johan Sverdrup immediately.
The vessel, produced by Kleven yards in Ulsteinvik, Møre og Romsdal county, serves as a supply ship for the semi-submersible “Bredford Dolphin” drilling rig. Johan Sverdrup was the largest offshore oil discovery in the world last year.
“We’ve been allocated an initial contract of 200 days with opportunities to extend it,” Eidesvik managing director Jan Fredrik Meling tells Aftenbladet.
Lundin Norge drilling manager Johan Bysveen says that ”Bredford Dolphin” will be relocated to the Albert Prospect following completion of drilling at Johan Sverdrup, then onwards to Luno.
“We’re looking forward to testing the ship properly in real weather and seas,” he says.
"Viking Prince" is Eidesvik Offshore’s fourth natural gas-powered vessel. The ship is 90 metres in length (approximately 295 feet), and 21 metres (about 69 feet) wide.
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