Sentinel Marine deploys newbuild ERRV to Breagh field

Forties Sentinel naming ceremony. L to R: Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, Ylva Tuft, the ship’s godmother, and Mervyn Williams, supply chain manager for INEOS Breagh

Offshore support vessel provider Sentinel Marine has deployed its newbuild multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) to begin work in the southern North Sea.

The vessel in question is the Forties Sentinel, which is a part of a £110 million ($145M) investment. The owner said on Wednesday that the vessel was officially named at a ceremony in Great Yarmouth.

The Forties Sentinel is contracted to INEOS to provide support for the company’s production facilities in the Breagh gas field. INEOS also chartered Sentinel Marine’s ERRV Sentinel Ranger for work on the field.

The company further added that the 61-meter vessel was named in a quayside ceremony by the ship’s godmother, Ylva Tuft, the wife of INEOS Oil & Gas CEO, Geir Tuft. The charter for the Forties Sentinel was brokered by Braemar ACM Shipbrokers.

It is the second vessel to be christened by Sentinel Marine in recent weeks, with the Mariner Sentinel deployed to Statoil’s Mariner field last month.

The vessel is one of nine newbuild ERRVs ordered by the company. Six are already in operation, three are in various stages of construction in China and due for delivery in 2017 and 2018.

Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, said: “This has been yet another landmark day for Sentinel Marine, and we are delighted that our clients at INEOS Breagh were able to play a pivotal role in the celebrations.”

Mervyn Williams, supply chain manager at INEOS Breagh, added: “We have been delighted with the performance of both Forties Sentinel and Forties Ranger in support of our routine operations and drilling campaign.”

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