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Specialized gas-driven vessel from Vard to Goliat on ten-year contract

​Simon Møkster Shipping’s new platform supply vessel is custom built for operations in arctic areas and is unique in its kind. Now it’s ready to start working for Eni at the Goliat field in the Barents Sea.

The new vessel Stril Barents is delivered from Vard Aukra to Simon Møkster Shipping. Cooperation between VARD, Simon Møkster Shipping and Eni, has resulted in a unique vessel that meets all requirements for operation under extreme conditions in the Barents Sea. The gas-driven vessel is of VARD 1 06 design and has combined platform supply and emergency response capabilities. It is the first time this type of ship is built. Hans Gunnar Hansen, Yard Director of Vard Aukra, is proud of the new ship:
- The project has been exciting, advanced and it has developed us as a company. By being solution-oriented and having a common goal in optimizing the product, we have together developed a ship with unique capacities that will ensure safety around the Goliat platform and its personnel.

The ship’s ten-year contract in the Barents Sea is starting this month. Anne Jorunn Møkster, CEO of Simon Møkster Shipping, is pleased with the cooperation with VARD:
- This building project has been very exciting and developing for us as a company. It is a vessel with great flexibility and unique combinations. We would like to thank Vard Design, Vard Aukra and everyone involved, for an excellent cooperation. We look forward to start working for Eni and the operations on the Goliat field.
 
The ship is at Skagenkaien in Stavanger, Norway, Thursday February 5th for its naming ceremony. The ceremony is followed by a tour on board and a dinner banquet in Atlantic Hall, for invited guests.
 
- We look forward to celebrate our cooperation that has resulted in a good end-product. Congratulations to Simon Møkster Shipping with the new ship, we wish the company, vessel and crew all the best, Hansen finishes.
 
 
Source: VARD

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