One of the world’s largest oil and gas subsea engineering vessels has made a fleeting visit to a North East port.
Skandi Acergy, a class-leading construction vessel, ideally suited to meet the demands of deep water subsea developments, docked at the Port of Sunderland as part of a crew change process.
Operated by Subsea 7, a global leader in construction services, the 16,500-gross-tonne vessel, which is 157 metres long, was briefly berthed at the port’s Corporation Quay after sailing from an offshore installation.
Matthew Hunt, port director at the Port of Sunderland, said: “As one of the largest oil and gas subsea engineering vessels in the world, Skandi Acergy was an extraordinary sight on the Wear waters.
“We have believed for a long time that the Port of Sunderland has a special and quite unique offer and the visit by Skandi Acergy shows the scale in which we are capable of operating.”
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Port of Sunderland board, added: “Port of Sunderland is well suited to meet the current demands of the North Sea oil and gas industry sectors and Skandi Acergy’s decision to facilitate their crew change at the port reaffirms this standard.”
Port of Sunderland has seen business boom over the last two years, reporting an 84% increase in the number of commercial vessels in 2011/12, compared with a year earlier, and in April shipping and transport firm LV Shipping established a permanent base at the burgeoning port.