• Ocean Installer will have access to the “Normand Mermaid” from early 2013.

    FOTO: Solstad Offshore

Underwater newcomer doubles fleet size

About to start building a major branch in Aberdeen.

‘New kid on the block’ Ocean Installer is to rent the other half of Solstad Shipping’s “Normand Mermaid” for at least the next five years.

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Company general manager Steinar Riise is extremely glad to have established long-term cooperation with Solstad Offshore, and rent the ship, which is specially equipped for underwater construction work.

“We hope that our collaboration with Solstad could encompass there being further vessels at our disposal in the future,” he tells Aftenbladet.

Starts building a branch in Aberdeen

Mr Riise adds that Ocean Installer has doubled employee numbers at its Stavanger head office during the last six months to almost 75 people now. The company is also about to start building a major branch in Aberdeen.

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“We could have as large a division in Aberdeen as in Stavanger during the next year,” he concludes, saying subsea projects on the British side are at least equally numerous as on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Ocean Installer will have access to the “Normand Mermaid” from early 2013. It adds to its existing contract with Solstad for “Normand Clipper”.

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