Published On: Fri, Dec 11th, 2020

Havila Shipping wins $90m contracts to provide supply vessels to Equinor

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Norwegian shipping company Havila Shipping has won three-year contracts worth around NOK 800 million ($90.7 million) for the use of two of its supply vessels by on the Norwegian shelf (NCS).

The supply vessels involved in the deal are Havila Charisma and Havila Foresight.

The contracts come with four one-year options, said Equinor.

– Equinor chief procurement officer said: “We have received safe and efficient deliveries from Havila Shipping for several years and look forward to continuing our cooperation with the shipping company. Long-term contracts bring predictability to both Equinor and our suppliers, and form the basis of continuous improvement.”

According to Equinor, the Havila Charisma supply vessel will also be modified for enabling seismic services in the form of permanent reservoir monitoring. This includes ramped up accommodation capacity, said the Norwegian oil and gas giant.

The capacities of the Havila Charisma supply vessel for supply duties will not be changed despite the modifications. The vessel will sail from the supply base in Florø when it is not engaged in seismic assignments.

Havila Shipping to provide the Havila Charisma and Havila Foresight supply vessels to Equinor.

Havila Shipping to provide the Havila Charisma and Havila Foresight supply vessels to Equinor. Photo courtesy of Havila Shipping.

Morten Sundt, who is leading the supply vessel activities of Equinor on the NCS, said: “The supply vessels along the entire Norwegian coast are the vital nerve of the more than 40 fields we operate on the NCS. By modifying Havila Charisma to provide seismic services in addition to supply services, we are utilizing our scale advantage to achieve higher efficiency and flexibility in our operations.”

Havila Foresight, on the other hand, is based at Equinor’s supply base at Mongstad. Including the new contract, the Havila Foresight supply vessel will have supplied the oil and gas giant’s installations from Mongstad for 15 years.

Both Havila Charisma and Havila Foresight vessels were fitted previously with a battery and adapted for shore power, which is said to enhance safety while reducing emissions of CO2.

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