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NigerStar 7 unveils new vessel to boost local content

NigerStar 7 unveils new vessel to boost local content

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NigerStar 7, an oil and gas services operator, has renamed and launched its newly-acquired vessel as part of efforts to deepen local content in the country.

It said the new vessel, which was named NigerStar 7 Adaba, would boost capability in the maritime segment of the oil and gas industry.

The company described the vessel as the most powerful Nigerian flagged DP2 Anchor Handler (140mT bollard pull), owned by an indigenous firm and operating in Nigerian waters.

Speaking at the renaming ceremony, which was held at the Nigerdock Shipyard in Lagos, NigerStar 7’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Yann Cottart, said, “Our mission is to serve Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas industry by executing the largest and most complex EPIC deep-water projects.

“Today, with this new addition to our fleet, we are closer to our goal as we become the only Nigerian-tier 1 EPIC contractor with a number of modern assets 100 per cent owned and positioned in the country.”

According to him, with this investment, NigerStar 7 is creating employment opportunities for marine personnel, and its teams onshore and contractors/suppliers are providing support services to the vessel.

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr Simbi Wabote, commended the partnership between NigerStar 7 and Nigerdock Shipyard, while calling for more collaboration that could deliver on the goal of growing local content in the maritime and oil and gas industries.

 “We must commend NigerStar 7 for its renewed commitment to local content practice and the noticeable repositioning it has undertaken to project the value proposition it offers as an oil and gas service provider of high repute,” he said.

Wabote also commended NigerStar 7 for its commitment to Nigeria and called on other companies to emulate the example of the company in terms of making visible investment in the country’s economy.

According to a statement by the company, the vessel has a 52-passenger-on-board accommodation capacity, 460m² deck space, and an electronic fuel monitoring system.

The company stated, “It is the first of its kind to explore Nigerian waters and has been hailed as a major complement to the local content policy of the Federal Government.

“In accordance with NigerStar 7’s commitment to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act of 2010, majority of the personnel on NigerStar 7 Adaba, including its captain are Nigerians. The crew has a robust understanding of the peculiarities of the Nigerian environment and is set on delivery of quality service to clients.”

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