"With its bases along the entire Norwegian coast, NorSea has a unique prerequisite for supporting NOFO in solving its social mission," says Pål Hansen (left), site manager for NorSea in Tananger. Here with NorSea's Team Leader NOFO in Tananger, Eivind Meling. Photo: Heidi Miljeteig Nilsen.

NOFO awards NorSea new contracts and expands the collaboration with 10 years.

The scope of the expanded collaboration includes not only a 10-year extension of the existing agreement at NorSea Tananger in Sola municipality, but also a letter of intent for a completely new operational NOFO building in Tananger and the takeover of the contingency agreement in Kristiansund.

“NOFO (The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies) has been a very important customer and partner from the very beginning, and we are grateful that they not only want to renew the agreement for NorSea in Tananger, but also award us two new agreements. Having NOFO as a customer for both real estate and operations gives us a predictability and operational long-term perspective that means an enormous amount to the entire NorSea group,” says Lars Haug, COO of NorSea.

In 2011, NorSea was awarded its first comprehensive agreement with NOFO on emergency preparedness, maintenance of oil spill response equipment and base and logistics services. The agreement, which is part of the oil spill preparedness NOFO is carrying out on behalf of the operating companies on the Norwegian continental shelf, has now been extended by 10 new years with 3×3 year options.

“This agreement will further strengthen oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf. The collaboration with NorSea will help to create an even more efficient and robust oil spill preparedness. We look forward to continuing to work with NorSea,” says acting CEO of NOFO, Frode Bergesen.

High activity
NorSea Stavanger currently has a team of 3 employees who maintain and control all NOFO equipment at the NorSea Tananger base as well as equipment on vessels operating out from Tananger. The team provides service to 5 regular vessels that change equipment every six months. Annually, NOFO conducts well over 100 exercises where all of the oil spill response vessels, tugs and equipment undergo exercises and are verified. About 20 of these are provided with equipment inspected by NorSea personnel. The agreement between NOFO and NorSea also includes a contingency organization at NOFO’s disposal.

A satisfied NOFO team at NorSea’s base in Tananger (Sola municipality) has a lot of exciting things to look forward to over the next 10 years. F.W. Eivind Meling, team leader NOFO together with the maintenance coordinators Daniel Løvik Nilsen and Torbjørn Skaathun. Photo: Heidi Miljeteig Nilsen.

“We have for the past 10 years had a close and good collaboration with NOFO, and are incredibly happy that we can now continue our development together with such an important player for many years to come,” says Pål Hansen, site manager at NorSea’s base in Tananger, Sola municipality. “We have had a very good dialogue and constructive process towards signing the agreement.”

New agreement in Kristiansund
In addition to an extension of the existing agreement in the south, NOFO also enters into a base and contingency contract with NorSea in Kristiansund. This agreement also has a duration of 10 years with 3×3 year options, starting 01.01.2021. Auto 8-8, which has previously managed the agreement, will take care of the oil spill preparedness for a transition period of approx. 6 months, until training and routines are in place.

Today’s NOFO building at the NorSea base in Tananger. Annually, NOFO conducts well over 100 exercises where all of the oil spill response vessels, tugs and equipment undergo exercises and are verified. About
20 of these are provided with equipment inspected by NorSea personnel. Photo: Heidi Miljeteig Nilsen.

NOFO newbuild in Tananger
NOFO has also awarded NorSea a letter of intent for the construction of a new operational building in Tananger. The new facilities of just over 3,000 square meters are being built to meet future needs and will continue to be located at NorSea’s base in Tananger.

Part of the national oil spill response
NOFO is a non-profit organization that develops and maintains oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf, and also part of the established national emergency preparedness model, which combines public and private oil spill response resources. “With its bases along the entire Norwegian coast, NorSea has a unique prerequisite for supporting NOFO in solving its social mission,” Hansen concludes.

NOFO also has an agreement with NorSea Polarbase in Hammerfest.

For further information, please contact:

Frode Bergesen, Acting CEO, NOFO                      
E-mail: fb@nofo.no                                        
Mobile: +47 99094902

Lars Haug, COO, NorSea                      
E-mail: lars.haug@norseagroup.com         
Mobile: +47 913 76 769

About the companies

NOFO is a membership organization for operating companies on the Norwegian continental shelf. NOFO’s main task is to meet the members’ need for efficient and robust oil spill preparedness.

NOFO arranges over 100 annual exercises, and one of them is the “Oil on water” exercise.

The exercises provide site managers, equipment operators and crews on the vessels with valuable training and experience in handling and using equipment. All oil spill response personnel on bases and vessels shall have a minimum of one exercise per year. In addition, exercises are arranged with member companies, as well as annual joint training exercises in which the Norwegian Coastal Administration, IUA and other partners participate. NOFO conducts everything from table-top exercises with few parties to large interaction exercises with up to 600 participants.

More information about NOFO can be found here: www.nofo.no/en

NorSea is a privately-owned company founded in 1965. The company is a complete supplier of port-, base- and logistics solutions to customers in the oil and gas industry, the aquaculture industry, the growing offshore wind industry and other maritime industries. The NorSea group currently operates nine bases and port facilities along the coast of Norway, as well as bases in Denmark and the UK.

NorSea is also a significant owner of real estate and base / port infrastructure, mainly in the locations where there are operational base companies. In recent years, NorSea has also built up activity and services in new business areas, respectively in the offshore wind market, technical / maritime services, digital solutions and services towards the public sector / the Norwegian Armed Forces.

The Group has an annual turnover of approx. NOK 2 billion and has around 1000 employees. NorSea is 75% owned by Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding Invest AS and is an integral part of a large worldwide network in the maritime industry. Follow us on Facebook | LinkedIn  

Wilhelmsen is a global maritime industry group founded in 1861. We have the largest maritime network in the world, with a presence in over 2 200 locations globally. In addition to serving over half of the worldwide merchant fleet with products and services, we supply crew and handle technical management for some of the most complex vessels in the world. We also develop new and daring solutions, shaping the maritime industry for the future. With thousands of colleagues in more than 70 countries, we take competence, compliance, sustainability, innovation and unparalleled customer experiences one step further. For more information, please visit www.wilhelmsen.com Follow us on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube