Vroon Offshore Takes Delivery of Second Newbuild

Vroon Offshore Services Ltd, formerly Viking Offshore Services, has taken delivery of the second vessel in a £55 million new-build program.

VOSL, which assumed its new identity following its acquisition last week by Dutch shipping company Vroon Offshore BV, hosted an official naming ceremony for the Viking Explorer at Aberdeen Harbor.

The formal naming was performed by Mrs Marja Doedens, Managing Director of Vroon Offshore Services BV, part of the wider Vroon Group. The vessel was blessed by Aberdeen port chaplain Rev Howard Drysdale. Also present at the ceremony was Pieter Vroon, Chairman of the Vroon Group BV Supervisory Board, and Herman Marks, Vroon Group BV Commercial Director.

VOSL Chief Executive Graham Philip said: "We are pleased to accept delivery of the second of nine vessels in what is one of the most ambitious new-build programs undertaken in our sector.

"We were also delighted to have Marja undertake the naming ceremony for us. Her participation helped to symbolize a dynamic new era for VOSL as part of a group with a long and prestigious history in the global shipping market.

"The new-build program is also testimony to VOSL's confidence in its long-term growth strategy in the European offshore energy market."

The 55-meter Viking Explorer is of the new IMT 955 design by IMT Marine Consultants of Montrose, Scotland. It carries a series of enhanced recovery and rescue features as well as class-leading capabilities for in-field logistic services.

All the new vessels, of similar design, are being constructed at the Astilleros Zamakona shipyard in Spain and are to be delivered in a rolling program until early 2009.