Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together to create the Oil Spill Recovery Vessel (OSRV) Group to offer a complete oil-spill-response solution.
“Our aim is to be a one-stop shop where we pool our efforts and act as a total systems supplier of safe, highly functional, and well-tested technology," said Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen, area manager of oil and gas pumping systems at Framo. "The emergency response equipment has undergone thorough testing and quality assurance drawing on 40 years of oil-spill-response experience.”
The OSRV Group offers a package solution that covers everything the customer needs, from detection and containment to recovery of the spill. All conducted with reliable equipment that can handle the challenges if an accident occurs.
“The customer only has to deal with one of the partners to get access to a complete system that covers everything and is fully adapted in terms of functionality, volume, and size,” said Roy Arne Nilsen from the international sales team at NorLense.
Aptomar’s radar and infrared camera identifies and produces an overview of the oil slick, whereas Maritime Partner's powerful, high-speed vessels will pull equipment such as booms in place. The oil is contained with booms from NorLense and then recovered onto a vessel with the Framo TransRec Oil Skimmer System. This is equipment that is in use worldwide, and the technologies are tested annually as part of realistic drills.
Although the market is gathering pace, there are many offshore vessels still laid up and without assignments.
“Oil-spill response is a complex operation," said Lars Solberg, sales and marketing director at Norbit Aptomar.
“This is a turnkey solution where customers have access to emergency-preparedness expertise without themselves having to acquire this. With our package solution, supply vessels can easily be upgraded and used as part of new emergency response tenders. It is quick and easy for shipowners to convert existing vessels in order to offer new services to oil companies,” Solberg said.
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