International transport specialist Royal Wagenborg has released a video of the PX121 platform supply vessel Blue Queen setting sail for Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
Wagenborg said that the vessel left Norway on Tuesday and would be converted into a so-called ‘Walk to Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel’ (W2W ERRV) upon arrival in Delfzijl.
Approximately 80 employees will be working on the conversion of the vessel in the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard. The PX121 will be equipped with an additional accommodation module, motion compensated gangway, and a motion compensated crane.
The vessel, once converted, will operate as a standby and support vessel for inspection and maintenance of unmanned platforms in Dutch and British waters.
To remind, Wagenborg was awarded a six-year contract in November by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and Shell UK for the provision of a second walk-to-work vessel for operations in the North Sea.
For the provision of the W2W ERRV vessel to NAM and Shell UK, Wagenborg signed an agreement with Ulstein for the delivery of a standard PX121 PSV. The Ulstein-owned Blue Queen was the vessel chosen for this contract.
The vessel, repainted in Wagenborg colors, will be converted in 16 weeks and is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2018.
It is worth noting that the first vessel provided by Wagenborg to NAM was the walk-to-work vessel Kroonborg.
Offshore Energy Today Staff