Aberdeen Welcomes Subsea 7 Vessels

Subsea 7, in conjunction with Shell Upstream Europe, today welcomed representatives from the oil and gas and civic communities to Aberdeen harbour for an event showcasing the state-of-the-art Diving Support Vessel (DSV) Seven Atlantic and the new Remotely Operated Vehicle Support Vessel (ROVSV), Normand Subsea.

These vessels will service the long-term underwater services contract Subsea 7 has with Shell for inspection, repair and maintenance programs, capital projects and decommissioning works across Shell's European offshore fields and facilities.

Today's event highlighted the significant impact the introduction of these new vessels will have on the North Sea market and beyond. The Seven Atlantic in particular represents a huge step forward in North Sea diving productivity and capacity. The vessel is one of the largest and most capable DSVs in the world and at 140m long and 26m wide the vessel only just fits into Aberdeen Harbor. It is also very efficient, designed to operate for at least 60 days offshore without re-supply and will be able to operate in harsher North Sea weather conditions than has been possible previously by similar vessels.

The Normand Subsea is also one of the most capable vessels of its kind with advanced ROV launch and recovery systems and a focus on achieving year round availability in harsh environments, including ice.

Investment in these two vessels is part of an ongoing capital investment program of over $1bn dollars in new assets and equipment by Subsea 7 which has seen eight new vessels join the existing fleet since 2007 -- the last of which, the Seven Pacific pipelay and construction vessel, is expected to be delivered later this year.

The Normand Subsea commenced operations for Shell in late 2009 and the Seven Atlantic will depart for her first workscope at the end of March.