Chinese Shipyard builds Sentinel vessel

Cygnus Sentinel An artist’s impression of the Cygnus Sentinel. Image courtesy Sentinel Marine.

THE FUJIAN Southeast shipyard, located in China, will build a new emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine, which has offices in Singapore and Aberdeen.

The 61 metre multi role vessel, weighing 1,890 tonnes, is due to arrive in the UK in January in 2015 for its first contract, a five-year deal with GDF Suez Exploration and Production.

The vessel, to be named the Cygnus Sentinel, will be used in the company’s operations on the Cygnus field in the Southern North Sea – providing emergency cover for the development.

Sentinel Marine managing director Jonathan Mitchel said the Cygnus Sentinel was one of eight multi role ERRVs being delivered in 2014-2015 by Sentinel Marine.

“All eight vessels have a fuel and environmentally efficient design and offer the crews a high level of on-board comfort,” he said.

“The vessels will comply with pan European industry standards, which will allow them to work in all areas of the North Sea as well as throughout the UK Continental Shelf.”

GDF SUEZ E&P UK managing director Jean-Claude Perdigues said the company was committed to safe and effective operations in the UK Continental Shelf.

“At peak, Cygnus will provide 5 per cent of the UK’s gas and ensuring the safety of our personnel during this project is our utmost priority,” he said.

“Sentinel Marine has a proven record in emergency response in the oil and gas sector and we look forward to working with the company in our continued drive for safety.”

Led by operator GDF Suez E&P UK, with partners Centrica Energy and Bayerngas UK, the Cygnus field is the largest gas discovery in the Southern North Sea in 25 years and will consist of four platforms forming Cygnus Alpha and Cygnus Bravo.

The field is targeted for first gas in Q4 2015 with the first of the platforms having been installed in June.

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