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“The Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (the supertitle “ERRV”) – what are their operational functions in the world of oil and gas offshore installation”

It is indeed a wide-ranging topic and rather a sophisticated matter, but let’s try to begin with a very brief explanation. To start, this is all to do with fossil fuel extraction offshore operations in and from the sea.

These vessels are installed at an approximate and appropriate distance from offshore installations (normally in the most adverse weather condition and deepwater sea). They are normally owned and operated by service contractors hired by oil operator companies.

They are to conduct rescue operations such as below:
– To assist in the rescue of personnel in the event of an emergency at the offshore installation;
– To accommodate offshore personnel when required;
– To act as reserve radio station able to communicate with the offshore installation (on an agreed nominated radio frequency);
– To rescue any person (eg the client operator’s oil offshore worker) from the water. Including, attending at a close distance to the offshore installation as possible, during helicopter landing and take-off over, on and from the offshore installation;
– Various anti-pollution duties, which therefore require these vessels to be equipped with tankage, pump, and dispersant spray equipment with an agreed tonnage capability and with certain suitable types of dispersant concentrate as per the relevant Maritime & Coastguard Agency classification.

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Author: Nila Gibb, EP Legal Solicitor