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Statoil awards Melkøya tugboat contract

LNG Industry,

Østensjø Rederi AS has been awarded the tugboat contract at Melkøya terminal by Statoil.

The contract includes three tugboats and two mooring boats. Startup of the contract at Melkøya is set for March 2017. The duration of the contract is ten years, with an optional five-year extension.

The scope of the contract include the construction of three large escort tugs with a bollard pull of 100 tons and two smaller mooring launches with bollard pull power of 5 tons. The propulsion system will be a dual fuel system that can operate on LNG or marine gas oil. The tugs are designed in cooperation with the Canadian designer Robert Allan.

Commenting on the award, CEO of Østensjø Rederi, Johan Rokstad, said: “Østensjø Rederi is very pleased with this award. We have provided tug services to Statoil for many years, and we are proud to still be a preferred partner for them in competition with national and international operators. Furthermore, it is particularly pleasing that we can supply vessels with a green profile.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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