Oslo-headquartered ocean services provider DeepOcean has agreed to charter the multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) “Island Condor” to be re-named “Island Ocean” following a conversion and upgrade from the Ulsteinvik-based shipowner Island Offshore.

The long-term charter contract will commence in the third quarter of 2024, and the vessel will be converted from a 2014-built vessel to a modern construction support vessel, equipped with a 150 T crane which will provide subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR), light construction and recycling services.

As part of the conversion process, the vessel will undergo an extension of approximately 11 meters.

Additionally, dual ROV hangars will be installed, the super structure will be extended, the DP system will be upgraded, and a large battery pack will be installed.

An active front-end system will also be implemented, enabling the transfer of redundant energy to the battery pack.

Furthermore, a launch and recovery system for the ROVs will be installed and the Island Ocean will be equipped with 2 Schilling HD x WROV systems for 3,000 metres water depth, as the company mentions.

Øyvind Mikaelsen, chief executive of DeepOcean, said: “Re-use of existing tonnage is more environmentally friendly than building a new vessel, and adding battery power is an efficient way of reducing CO2-emissions and operating costs.

“We are dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint from offshore operations and choose to collaborate with shipowners who can support this effort.”

“Our forte is subsea services. Specialist subsea engineering competence and tools coupled with cost-effective work platforms, such as this MPSV, are enablers to conduct the subsea work and create value for operators of offshore energy infrastructure. We are experiencing increased demand for our services, which is why we are adding to our fleet of chartered vessels,” he added.