From brass to buffer
Newly constructed ‘Ocean Alden’ will be setting course for North Sea safety work after the band music and champagne have died and dried.
Atlantic Offshore-owned ‘Ocean Alden’ cost 280 million kroner to build, and was christened by the mayor of Sogn og Fjordane County, Åshild Kjelsnes, thursday in Florø.
The multi-purpose ship is to be permanently stationed as an oil spill response and standby/rescue vessel in the Gjøa field west of Florø.
In addition to on board equipment for this task, the ship has a large first aid and hospital facility with capacity for up to 200 people.
“It will be able to function as a rescue base if oil workers or equipment end up in the sea,” Atlantic Offshore managing director Roy Wareberg tells Aftenbladet.
‘Ocean Alden’, the second of three ships the company will take over this year to the tune of almost one billion kroner, is 67 metres (approximately 220 feet) in length and 18 metres (about 59 feet) wide.
The ship is under contract with Gjøa field operator GDF Suez for nine years.
Oil industry workers could be called out on strike from Sunday should the parties not agree.
Helge Bjørnestad claimed the energy giant offered the judge the job after he had resigned. This happened three months prior to this time, however.