BP has taken delivery of two new platform supply vessels on 15-year deals to serve its west of Shetland operations off the UK.
The British supermajor has commissioned both the NS Elida and the NS Iona on an exclusive 15-year bareboat term charter that will see them based and maintained in Aberdeen.
The NS Elida has been operating in the region since January while the NS Iona, which set sail from Hyundai's yard in Ulsan, South Korea, in late April and arrived in Aberdeen early June, will enter service this week.
BP’s UK logistics and infrastructure manager Mark Hardie said that the vessel pair along with other redeployed vessels “will be used west of Shetland to support cargo delivery, rescue and recovery operations, oil spill response and collision risk management”.
Both vessels come equipped with special tanks to transport chemicals required for the planned enhanced oil recovery schemes at the Schiehallion and Clair fields.