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12 August 2019

VOS Supporter nominated for Offshore Safety Award

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Aberdeen ERRV in the race for Maritime Safety Award


Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) and Step Change in Safety have announced VOS Supporter as one of three finalists for the Award for Maritime Safety. The Offshore Safety Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and businesses striving to make the UK Continental Shelf as safe as possible.


VOS Supporter was nominated by charterer Premier Oil, in recognition of the exemplary safety record and culture on board. The Offshore Safety Awards for 2019 will be presented at an event to be held in Aberdeen at the end of August. During this evening, all finalists will share their Award submission, with the audience selecting the winners by an interactive vote. The pitch will include video selfies and a poster highlighting the safety achievements.


VOS Supporter reached a major safety milestone in May, when the vessel and her crew notched up an impressive 20 years without a lost-time incident (LTI). This achievement was marked in a recent on-board presentation by representatives from Premier Oil and Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) Aberdeen.


 “Completing 20 years’ LTI free is a remarkable achievement for the Captains and crew who have served on VOS Supporter over the last two decades. Not many vessels in our industry achieve such a fantastic milestone. It underlines the strong commitment we have to an excellent safety culture on board, delivered through first-class teamwork and adherence to our Leaders in Safety Programme”, said Craig Harvie, VOS Aberdeen Managing Director. “On behalf of all at Vroon Offshore Services, I congratulate the crews – past and present - for their professionalism, hard work and constant focus on safe operations.”


VOS Supporter is a Class-B emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) with the capacity to rescue up to 300 survivors. Purpose built in 1983 in Norway, she is presently deployed in the central North Sea. Her current charter to Premier Oil (then E.ON) commenced in April 2011. After supporting the ENSCO 100 jack-up rig, she is now supporting the Voyageur Spirit FPSO (floating production storage and offloading vessel) in the Huntington field, where she is firmly fixed until next April.


Congratulations to VOS Supporter and her crews for this nomination. We wish them all the best on the night!


Vessel particulars VOS Supporter



Photo courtesy of Paul Gowen




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