Sartor Secures Rescue Vessel Contract with Ithaca

Sartor Offshore Rescue Ltd has secured a three year contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd worth £8.2million, in a deal brokered by Clarksons Offshore, Aberdeen.

Sartor's Ocean Sprite, a multi-role offshore support vessel which will operate as a field support and emergency rescue and response vessel for the contract duration, is expected to commence the contract at the Athena field in the North Sea, 180 kilometres Northeast of Aberdeen, in Q4 2011 when Ithaca commences production there.

John Bryce, managing director of Sartor Offshore Rescue Ltd, said, "We are delighted that Ithaca Energy has chosen Sartor Offshore Rescue and our Ocean Sprite, it is a fine vessel with an excellent safety record of 2,860 days without a lost time injury (LTI).

"This is a very significant contract win for us as it is our first time to work with Ithaca Energy and I look forward to strengthening our relationship. We will supply two crews, each of 12 seamen, aboard the Ocean Sprite and I anticipate a continuation of our excellent safety record on board.

"We have invested heavily into our fleet, staff training and the Scottish shipping industry. We actively promote safety onboard our vessels and seven of our vessels have at least 1,000 days with no LTI's, with the more recent acquisitions gradually working towards this milestone. I am delighted that our strong safety record and reputation is attracting new clients such as Ithaca Energy and I look forward to a long and safe working partnership with them," he continued.

James Lund, Projects Manager of Ithaca Energy (UK) Ltd, said, "This agreement is a major contract to be awarded for the operational phase of the Athena project. Sartor Offshore Rescue Ltd and their vessel the Ocean Sprite have an excellent safety and track record which were key to their selection to support the Athena asset in the operational phase. Ithaca looks forward to working closely with Sartor over the next three years"

Sartor Offshore Rescue currently manages a fleet of 9 ERRVs (emergency response and rescue vessels) & 4 PSVs (platform supply vessels) out of Aberdeen.

The company's aim has been to continue to expand its standby and emergency response capabilities within both the Norwegian and British sector of the North Sea and to be able to provide cross-border solutions reflecting the needs of its clients.

Sartor Offshore Rescue employs approximately 330 seamen in its ERRV and PSV fleet and provides multi-role offshore and emergency rescue and response vessels for many of the oil majors operating in the North Sea.