Norwegian Rig Shuttle AS has entered another contract with Maritime Partner AS in Aalesund for the delivery of a new fisheries inspection vessel to be used by the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries. The new boat is an ALUSAFE 2000 MPV (Multi Purpose Vessel) and will be sister ship to the "RIND LEXO" which Maritime Partner will deliver to NRS in December 2017.
Norwegian Rig Shuttle AS (NRS) has entered a newbuilding contract with Maritime Partner AS on their second new fisheries inspection vessel for the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries. This follows after NRS entered into a contract with the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries for the operation of the inspection vessel. This contract has a duration of five years from mid 2018, as well as an option for continuation (1 + 1 year).
"We are very grateful that NRS yet again will be building another well equipped boat with us," says Sales Manager Rune Midtkandal in Maritime Partner.
Alusafe 2000 MPV is a boat tailored to the needs of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries. The boat shall operate primarily along the Norwegian coast within the four-nautical-mile fishing zone, and shall be certified for coastal voyages. It is designed and built on a proven hull that has been used on a number of boats within rescue and patrol missions that are suitable for both open sea and coastal waters.
The vessel will have a crew consisting of the captain from NRS, as well as two inspectors from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries.
The boat has accommodation capacity for a total of five people, and well-equipped facilities such as galley, messroom, wardrobe and office. In addition, it is well equipped with eg. specially designed MOB/work boat, ROV, drone, night camera, heating cables in deck and hand rails, crane, net hauler, as well as multiple boarding stations.
"This contract confirms the good cooperation we have with NRS. Together we have created a boat that effectively performs the work it is set to, while confirming our position as supplier of work boats with very good sea characteristics," says Rune Midtkandal.
A robust alternative
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries operates in an area that extends along the entire coast from the Oslo Fjord to the Varangerfjord. Some of this coast line being famous for its harsh and treacherous nature. The boat from Maritime Partner and Norwegian Rig Shuttle is designed for operation in all weather and wind conditions throughout the Norwegian coast.
“The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries have been looking for more robust vessels to solve their duties and are very pleased that they now have acquired a safe and efficient tool for their work," says Rolf Harald Jensen, Head of Division at the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries in Tromsø.
The right expertise and equipment
Norwegian Rig Shuttle supplies maritime services for passenger and goods transport to the offshore oil industry and other maritime markets. This requires high standards of quality at all stages, and the company has good practices and systems in the field of health, safety and the environment.
"We are delighted with the choice of Maritime Partner as shipyard and the new boat will be the company's second Maritime Partner newbuilding. The boat designed specifically to the company's requirements and to meet the challenges of operating under the harsh and demanding conditions 365 days a year. Combined with the right choice of equipment, materials and technical solutions, we believe this will be the best boat possible for the tasks of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries for many years to come. Through the process we have experienced Maritime Partner as a professional and solution-oriented partner. The cooperation with the yard has so far been very positive and we are looking forward to be ordering more boats," says Kjetil Hantveit, general manager of Norwegian Rig Shuttle.
The fact that Maritime Partner, as Norwegian Rig Shuttle, is Achilles approved was an important factor for us. It reflects that both the shipyard and we as a shipping company have a high focus on quality, delivery, and HSE, Hantveit concludes.