Two new state of the art vessels are ready to set sail at Ineos' Breagh gas field as part of a £110m investment the company is making in its North Sea operations.
The chemicals giant said the 61-metre-long vessels, which are brand new emergency response and rescue vessels (EERVs), were named Forties Sentinel and Sentinel Ranger.
Built by Sentinel Marine, the two ships will provide logistics and protect workers at the Breagh field, Ineos said.
Ineos has been working in the Breagh gas field since 2015. Located 65 kilometres off the northeastern coast of England, the field is one of the largest currently being explored in the southern North Sea and is estimated to hold reserves of up to 19.8bn meters cubed of natural gas.
"Both Forties Sentinel and Sentinel Ranger will carry out essential duties across the Breagh gas field and support our operations for years to come. Ineos is committed to its operations in the area and we are delighted to have chartered vessels from Sentinel Marine which have been designed and built to the highest of specifications," said Mervyn Williams, Ineos' supply chain manager.
"As natural gas continues to provide 84 per cent of UK household heating, operations in the North Sea are of paramount importance, these two new vessels will provide essential operations support in the field."
Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, said the vessels were streamlined and more efficient EERVs built with the safety of the crew, passengers and marine environment in mind.