BP has awarded UK firm Bibby Ship Management a $160 million contract to manage four Regional Support Vessels (RSV) and an additional two new-build Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) for operations in the North Sea.
Bibby described the award as a "key milestone" in its drive to build on its expertise in the management of offshore vessels. The contract will be managed from Aberdeen and will involve more than 200 crew and support staff.
The contract, which will run for a minimum of five years, includes the management of eight Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft sited onboard the four existing RSVs. Bibby will also provide management support for the new build and commissioning of the two new PSVs.
Mark Hardie, UK Logistics Infrastructure Manager for BP, commented in a statement:
"This award is a key component of BP's long term marine strategy and we look forward to working with Bibby Ship Management to ensure high levels of service to our offshore operations. The five-year contract involves managing the existing Caledonian vessels as well as the two new high specification supply vessels which will be joining the BP fleet from 2014. The award is good news for the 200 crew and support staff involved in this contract."
Bibby Line Group Managing Director Sir Michael Bibby added:
"We are absolutely delighted to work with BP in providing full technical management and logistics services for these vessels in the UK North Sea. The award of this contract reflects the benefit of our investment in Bibby Ship Management's systems and people to create a high quality ship management business with great safety awareness, which can deliver real value to our clients."
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