OP Marine, RH Morton Land Major North Sea Rig Refurb Contract

Two Scottish companies have secured a prestigious contract to undertake a rig re-fit for Singapore based Prosafe Rigs Pte Ltd, the world's leading owner and operator of accommodation and service rigs.

OP Marine, specialists in turnkey architectural outfitting and supply to the marine & offshore sector, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract for replacement of the galley and architectural refit of the lower deck, mess rooms and crew day rooms on MSV Regalia, one of Prosafe's fleet of twelve.

The Rutherglen-based company operates worldwide, and has completed projects on offshore platforms, DSVs and offshore pipe-lay vessels in Brazil, the USA, South Africa, Europe and the Far East. The company offers a broad based service to oil companies, oil support industries and vessel operators.

RH Morton, the specialist galley design and manufacture company, has also been awarded a substantial contract, in partnership with OP Marine, to manufacture and supply bespoke galley and catering equipment.

RH Morton, based in Glasgow's East End, designs and manufactures commercial kitchens and marine galleys, and has a specific marine division which has served the shipping and offshore industry for almost 30 years.

Project works are now underway at the Keppel Verolme Shipyard in Holland, where Prosafe is undertaking the refurbishment of the MSV Regalia. The refit comprises the installation of new accommodation modules with 330 single man cabins, and the upgrade of hull and structure, machinery and general systems and equipment.

The refurbishment of the MSV Regalia will provide Prosafe with a unique vessel capable of dynamically positioned (DP) operations in harsh environments. Upon completion, the vessel will provide first class accommodation facilities to BP on the Valhall project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea until December 2010.

The contracts will mean 12 new jobs at OP Marine, with marine outfitters, document controllers and a designer being recruited, taking the workforce there to 50.

OP Marine managing director Steve Ingle said, "Prosafe is an extremely important client for whom we have successfully completed several projects on various vessels in their offshore fleet, and we are delighted to continue that relationship with the Regalia project. Our commitment to produce quality work efficiently and safely, whilst maintaining project milestones and upholding deadlines, is paramount to our twin aims of moving our business forward and generating Scottish jobs.

"This is a highly prestigious contract, and we chose RH Morton as our partner due to their excellent track record with some of the largest names in the offshore sector, having worked previously with BP, Mobil and Shell. RH Morton will supply and support high end equipment within this project that will maintain a fully operational commercial catering environment in an offshore setting."

RH Morton managing director Judith Tatham said, "This is a high-profile refurbishment for a major player in the offshore industry and we are delighted to be involved. Prosafe has a reputation for high standards on its rigs, and by installing Michelin-star standard facilities in the galleys we will be maintaining this quality. This contract will mean a strong finish to our current financial year, a strong start to our new one and will give us the confidence and security to move ahead as a business against current trends."