After 3 ½ years in layup, Normand Seven, once awarded “Ship of the Year” when she was delivered as a newbuilt in 2007, finally let go of her layup moorings in Bøvågen first week of January 2020. She moved alongside quay at our own Husøy Offshore base for commencing re-activation and a due 10 years classification.
Even though the decision to start such re-activation was taken without secured engagement for the vessel the decision reflect what we all hope and believe it to be. A sign of recovery in our industry together with a renewed level of confidence that we have not experienced in quite a while.
Re-activation and preparations for drydock commenced alongside Husøy, but with somewhat limited resources; crew consist of almost two a handfuls (currently 9 crew). Both crew and onshore team has been preoccupied with the task to get the vessel back in such state where she can legally sail to the drydock site on the Norwegian west coast town of Ulsteinvik, which actually are in the same yard where the vessel was built.
Docking are planned for March 23rd, and all things considered, the docking spec w/ classification are relative extensive, but aimed to be completed within first week of May if everything goes according to planned.
Vessel was built in 2007 and entered straight into a long-term contract with Subsea 7, Normand Seven was therefore a very appropriate name for the vessel. However, as SS7 are no longer associated with the vessel, it made sense to rename her at this time and to be in line with contemporary focuses, vessel will now be renamed Normand Energy; planned date for the official name change are today, March 9th.
We are all looking forward to getting the vessel back in operation, and even though some years has gone by since she was “Ship of the Year”, she would doubtless be able to please both owner and charterer for many years to come.