New partnership creates one-stop-shop for oil spill response
Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together to create the OSRV (Oil Spill Recovery Vessel) Group to offer a complete oil spill response solution. “Our aim is to be a one-stop-shop where we pool our efforts and act as a total systems supplier of safe, highly functional, and well-tested technology. The emergency response equipment has undergone thorough testing and quality assurance drawing on 40 years of oil spill response experience,” says Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen, Area Manager, Oil & Gas Pumping Systems, at Framo. The OSRV Group offers a package solution that covers everything the customer needs, from detection and containment to recovery of the spill. All conducted with reliable equipment that can handle the challenges if an accident occurs. Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together, bringing their world-leading technologies to establish the OSRV Group – a “one-stop-shop” for oil spill response. The companies in this Norwegian cluster are all specialists in their particular fields. All the Norwegian-manufactured components have a dedicated function to achieve the best result possible. This also allows for conventional supply vessels to be converted to emergency oil-spill response support units. “The customer only has to deal with one of the partners to get access to a complete system that covers everything and is fully adapted in terms of functionality, volume and size.” Says Roy Arne Nilsen from the international sales team at NorLense. Aptomar’s radar and infrared camera identifies and produces an overview of the oil slick, whereas Maritime Partner's powerful, high-speed vessels are perfect for pulling equipment such as booms in place. The oil is contained with booms from NorLense, and then recovered onto a vessel with the Framo TransRec Oil Skimmer System. This is equipment that is in use worldwide, and the technologies are tested annually as part of realistic drills. Although the market is gathering pace, there are many offshore vessels still laid up and without assignments. “Oil spill response is a complex operation”, adds Lars Solberg, Sales and Marketing Director at Norbit Aptomar AS. “This is a turnkey solution where customers have access to emergency preparedness expertise without themselves having to acquire this. With our package solution, supply vessels can easily be upgraded and used as part of new emergency response tenders. It is quick and easy for shipowners to convert existing vessels in order to offer new services to oil companies,” emphasises Solberg. “Going forward, delivery lead-times will be of utmost importance. When the assignments start ticking in, getting the mandatory equipment on board could become a time-critical issue. As the OSVR Group, we will ensure that an emergency oil-spill response system reactive, responding quickly.” Says Peder Myklebust, Managing Director of the boat-building specialist Maritime Partner. By using OSRV Group, the operator is just one phone call away from a complete solution delivered at the right time. “When an accident occurs, oil recovery is a race against the clock. The sooner a spill is detected, the sooner it can be contained and managed. It will then be cheaper and safer to recover the spill as quickly as possible,” says Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen from Framo.