Aberdeen-based marine and subsea support specialist TSMarine (Contracting) Ltd has taken delivery of its new offshore support vessel, the REM Etive.
The multi-purpose vessel was delivered from the Kleven shipyard in Norway and spent most of last week berthed in Aberdeen Harbour.
TSMarine has the vessel on a five-year charter from Rem Maritime and will be deploying her on various projects and contracts, mainly in the North Sea.
With accommodation for 100 people, the vessel has been configured to undertake diverless subsea decommissioning and intervention activities; rigless well intervention services, wellhead and subsea infrastructure abandonment, subsea tree change-out and subsea construction support activities.
Measuring 93.5metres, the REM Etive has been built to the proven Marin Teknikk MT 6016 design and meets the new and demanding "Clean Comfort V" Norwegian standards.
The ship represents the latest in fuel efficient, low noise and vibration Dynamically Positioned Construction class vessels.
TSMarine's two new SMDH Quantum WROV 150hp systems (Quantum 5 and Quantum 6) have been integrated on to the REM Etive, with control systems built into the vessel.
Alasdair Cowie, managing director of TSMarine, said: "We are delighted to have taken delivery of the REM Etive. The diversity of potential operations is expected to be very lucrative but is only achievable by careful vessel specification and design.
"The top-class equipment installed on the REM Etive means she will be able to compete in several markets."
TSMarine recently also took delivery of the Havila Harmony vessel, which too is on a five-year long-term charter.
The company has also bought two further specialist vessels - the first of which will be delivered in December 2008 with the second to follow in April 2009 - which will both be permanently owned by TSMarine.
These MT6040 type vessels are designed by Norwegian naval architects Marin Teknikk and will be built at the Astilleros Huelva shipyard in Spain.