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Horizon Maritime expands OSV operations to Norway

Canada-based offshore vessels operator Horizon Maritime has opened a new Norwegian branch office, in line with a previous acquisition of a harsh environment offshore vessel for operations in Northern Europe.

Horizon Maritime has incorporated the new Horizon Maritime Offshore based in Aalesund, Norway, following the agreement made in March to acquire the multi-function OSV, Bourbon Arctic, from Bourbon Offshore. The vessel has been renamed Horizon Arctic.

The new Norwegian branch office is led by Borge Nakken, former coo of Farstad Shipping.

Nakken commented: “The Horizon Arctic has a demonstrated track-record of providing incomparable value. The vessel has been on term contract since delivery and maintains an outstanding performance record, most notably an exemplary safety and environmental result.”

Built at Vard Brattvaag shipyard in 2016, the Horizon Arctic features 307 tonnes of bollard pull, low resistance hull shape, fuel efficient diesel electric/hybrid propulsion system, high ice class hull, special purpose ship notation and accommodation for 60 persons.

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The Horizon Arctic was recently dry-docked at the Westcon shipyard in Floro, Norway where the vessel was painted in Horizon Maritime colours and officially renamed.

“The Horizon Arctic takes its place alongside Horizon Maritime’s growing fleet of harsh environment vessels, and we are delighted that this state-of-the-art ship is available to help our customers face the challenge of operating in the North Sea, the Barents Sea and beyond,” said Sean Leet, ceo of Horizon Maritime.

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