The final vessel in a £150million investment programme for Sentinel Marine has set sail from China and is expected in port in Aberdeen around 20 August 2020.

The offshore support vessel Malin Sentinel, which sailed from Cosco Shipyard in Dalian, will transit to Aberdeen via Singapore and the Suez Canal.

The new vessel joins the Sentinel Marine fleet of emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) which operate in the North Sea and which perform additional tasks beyond the traditional rescue vessel duties.

Earlier this year Sentinel Marine announced contract wins and extension worth £36million

Malin Sentinel completes the second phase of nine new vessels for Aberdeen-headquartered Sentinel Marine. The firm also has three further vessels to be delivered from phase three of their newbuild programme.

Each purpose-built vessel has been built to the highest of environmental standards, with Tier 4 engines to reduce emissions and gases to near zero.

Chief executive officer Rory Deans said: ‘Malin Sentinel is a landmark vessel for us, completing our second phase of new build vessels which introduced new levels of cost, operational and environmental efficiency.

‘Like the other vessels in our fleet, Malin Sentinel will provide far wider reaching service than response and rescue to keep offshore workers safe. Our vessels also operate as oil recovery, tanker assist and cargo handling vessels, offering significant cost savings for our clients who would otherwise have to charter additional vessels.

‘The multi-role functions of our fleet appeal to our clients to support their North and Irish Sea activities. The fact that our fleet is new, and purpose built, rather than having been converted from vessels which had a previously different use, offer an attractive proposition for operators.’

Sentinel Marine has 300 seafarers operating on its fleet currently and this will rise to close to 400 when a further three enhanced spec ERRVs newbuilds which are currently under commission are completed.

These new additions, which are being built at the same shipyard in China, will have increased dynamic positioning capabilities with a DP2 notation, firefighting class 1, oil recovery and liquid mud and dry bulk capacities.