The new tanker is the second of two vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to the standards required to operate on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Eagle Bergen is fixed on a long-term charter to Statoil ASA.
Image: AET Tankers
The vessel is owned and commercially managed by AET Sea Shuttle AS, which is a joint venture company formed between AET, (the majority partner) and ADS Shipping Limited of Norway.
The OSM Maritime Group, a sister company of ADS will provide the technical management of the new tanker.
The new shuttle tanker was sponsored by Mrs Heidi Aakre, Vice President, Asset Management for Manufacturing, Storage and Shipping of Statoil ASA.
Datuk Nasarudin bin Md Idris, AET Chairman commented:
"AET continues to broaden its operating footprint and capabilities. Alongside our traditional crude oil operations and our lightering activities, we now operate DP capable vessels in the Brazilian Basin, the US Gulf and the North Sea"
The Chairman of ADS Shipping and OSM Maritime Group, Bjørn Tore Larsen who was present at the ceremony said:
"We are delighted to be investing in Eagle Bergen and Eagle Barents, and being a part of a team that brings a new, major player into the North Sea market. Like AET, we also believe in the strategic importance of creating long-term partnerships that build value for all those involved."
Both vessels, Eagle Bergen and Eagle Barents, have an identical skeg, they are twin engine vessels and are fitted with a range of eco-innovations to reduce their impact on the natural environment. The new shuttle tankers feature a fully fitted ballast water treatment system, SOx scrubber system and VOC emission reduction system.