The Safe Boreas, a new flotel owned by Prosafe, is heading over to the Lundin contract in Norway to begin work. The offshore floating accommodation rig, which is newly constructed, was officially opened at its naming ceremony last October in Singapore and was delivered from Singapore’s Jurong Shipyard earlier in January. Currently, the rig is following a course through a narrow 500-mile stretch along the Strait of Malacca between Sumatra in Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.
The company, which is the world’s biggest provider of offshore accommodation rigs, has described the new flotel as the most efficient and advanced of the floating accommodation rigs in operation today. It is designed for use in harsh environments. It offers accommodation facilities for 450 people in single cabins and also boasts a twelve-point mooring arrangement along with dynamic positioning technology.
The vessel’s sister ship, the Safe Zephyrus, is expected to be open for business in the North Sea later this summer.
Prosafe issued a press release today that confirmed the vessel was heading to Norway to start work on its scheduled project with Lundin Petroleum. The contract will see the vessel provide accommodation to workers involved in commissioning and hooking-up operations on the Edvarg Grieg platform.
The company issued a warning recently that the market was experiencing higher uncertainty in the medium term about the market for floating accommodation vessels, but it said that long-term prospects looked good. Prosafe also said that it anticipated a growing need for offshore flotel facilities for operations relating to upgrade and maintenance work for ageing infrastructure, as well as decommissioning works.