Vroon Buys Support Vessel in North Sea

Vroon Offshore Services added a new vessel to its North Sea field support and emergency response fleet.

The company has acquired the Caledonia Master, a multi-function offshore support ship that is presently in the first year of a 10-year contract with Chevron Upstream Europe.

The vessel, acquired from Caledonia Shipping Limited, is undertaking emergency response and field support duties in the Captain Field, 68 miles north of Aberdeen.

Built in 1994 and converted in 1996, the Caledonia Master is equipped with one daughter craft and two fast rescue crafts. It has a deck capacity of 330 square meters, and accommodation for 15 crew and 12 passengers.

"The acquisition is the latest strategic move by the company, and is a further indication of the significant investment programme, through acquisitions and new builds, to grow its North Sea presence," Aberdeen-based Commercial Director George Maxwell said.

VOS now operates a total of 59 vessels from bases in Aberdeen, Scotland; Den Helder, The Netherlands; and Genoa in Italy, and has a total of 23 new build vessels on order.

Its fleet includes conventional and multi-role emergency response and rescue vessels, platform supply, anchor handling, dive support and utility vessels, operating principally in the North Sea and the Mediterranean.