UK’s shipowner Bibby Marine has secured a three-year contract extension with TotalEnergies, for its ‘walk-to-work’ service operation vessel (SOV), Bibby WaveMaster 1.

This three-year charter extension, beginning in the first quarter of 2025, will see the vessel deployed on the Dutch continental shelf in the Southern North Sea.

The vessel will continue to accommodate and transport service engineers and maintenance personnel, supporting gas production activities across some 15 offshore production platforms.

The ‘seasonal contract’ will commence in the middle of the first quarter each year and extend to some 180-220 days annually, says Bibby Marine’s statement.

The vessel, which can accommodate up to 90 people, is likely to complete around 1,400 gangway connections and transfer more than 19,000 personnel each season.

Kevin Brown, head of commercial and contracts at Bibby Marine, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that TotalEnergies have chosen to show continued faith in our services by extending our working relationship to 2027. TotalEnergies is a longstanding client of Bibby Marine, and the trust they have placed in us by executing this extension is testament to the dedication, quality and hard work of our offshore crew and onshore support teams.

“We are all looking forward to building upon our previous experience and once again delivering successfully for this client.”

Viestarts Rutenbergs, managing director of TotalEnergies EP Nederland, noted: “The Bibby WaveMaster 1 was designed and built specially for our operations in 2017 and is an integral part of our offshore operations. By extending out contract through 2027, we are providing our workforce with reliable quarters and supportive crew, enabling them to carry out their day-to-day activities safely, efficiently, and comfortably.”

Source: Bibby Marine