Craig Group's New Vessel Sets Sail in North Sea

The latest addition to the North Star Shipping managed fleet is the aptly christened Grampian Confidence. Launched early this year the Confidence creates a further 30 jobs for officers and crew in the North Sea.

An NSS-IMT 948 designed ERRV (Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel) the Confidence is a multi-million pound vessel that is equipped with two daughter craft and one fast rescue craft.

The newly launched vessel is part of an ongoing investment program, worth £130 million, by global shipping and energy services firm The Craig Group that began in 2003.

A total of seven vessels of this type are currently in service and a further four, of which the Confidence is one, are on course to be delivered in the next twelve months.

So far the expansion and ongoing modernization of the fleet has delivered 12 vessels, ERRVs, PSVs and a ROV Survey vessel.

She is the 8th vessel of this class launched and joins the fleet to support operations with CNR International at the Ninian Complex in the East Shetland basin in April 2010.

Taking over from the Grampian Crusader, which currently maintains operations at Ninian, the Confidence is an exact sister ship to the Grampian Corsair, Contender and Courageous, all of which have secured long term contracts in the North Sea.

North Star managing director, Callum Bruce, said, "Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels are an absolutely essential part of the industry's oil and gas exploration and production operations in the North Sea. We are constantly looking at ways of modernizing our fleet through new builds using the most up to date vessel technology and designs."

Leading providers of emergency response and rescue, Supply and ROV survey vessels, North Star Shipping aims to deliver the most efficient, modern and cost-effective services for customers operating in the North Sea and Internationally.

The Craig Group owned fleet, which is operated and managed by North Star Shipping, is the largest British wholly owned fleet engaged in the UK Offshore Industry. The fleet comprises of offshore support, ROV survey and emergency response and rescue vessels active in the UKCS.

Emergency response and rescue vessels have advanced greatly and today provide frontline cover for thousands of workers in one of the harshest environments in the world and are essential where the mass evacuation of an installation is required. However, they also provide other vital services, such as anti-collision surveillance, pollution control, emergency towage and tanker assist duties.