By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Grampian-based energy services firm Craig Group has launched the Grampian Fortress – its first emergency response and rescue vessel – at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain.
She is the first of two F-class vessels in the group’s £110 million investment, which has already seen eight vessels delivered to Craig Group in the last two years.
At 58 metres long, the Grampian Fortress features diesel electric propulsion via twin Azimuth stern drives. She is also equipped with daughter craft and fast rescue craft as well as being able to transfer and store limited deck cargo and provide offshore locations with fresh water and fuel if required.
The ship will be joined later in the year by the company’s second F-Class ERRV, the Grampian Freedom.
Douglas Craig, Chairman and Managing Director, Craig Group, said: “The Grampian Fortress signals the final steps in our most recent investment in the fleet which will conclude with the launch of the Grampian Freedom.
“The F-Class demonstrates our commitment to the industry where there is a demand for larger rescue boats. Our new vessels offer the most up-to-date technology and modern facilities which result in an even safer and more efficient service to our customers.”
Recently, North Star Shipping, which operates Craig Group’s fleet of 37 offshore support, ROV survey, tanker assist, and emergency response and rescue vessels, recently announced it had taken delivery of its eighth and final D-class IMT-950 ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, to be built as part of the current investment. The D-class vessels, which are 50 meters in length, are outfitted with the same rescue and recovery facilities that are found on the latest F-Class vessels.
Since 2003, Craig Group has invested a total of £350 million in building 26 new vessels for North Star Shipping.