|Vector Offshore were once a major player in
the standby vessel business, but those involved sold up and
retired, until the arrival of the Jigsaw Project for BP.
They had the idea of supporting the helicopter part of the
operation with large supply vessels which would carry
smaller vessels which would be launched, pick up the people
in the water and then return to the supply/standby vessel.
The trick was that if the small craft could not be recovered
to the mother ship it would be able to make its way to the
shore - from the middle of the North Sea. BP had promised
that who-ever came up with a good idea for supporting Jigsaw
would be able to carry on working for them. Hence the
revival of Vector, managing the four very large ships, and
eight small craft which now make up the marine part of
There is much written about
Jigsaw elsewhere on this site.
News items about this company
include a misfortune in Aberdeen when one of the ships
demolished one or two small fishing vessels during a move
between berths. Well it happens, and also the fitting of DP
II systems to all the vessels. I don't know whether the
events are connected. (May 2012)
On September 1st 2013 the
contract for the management of these ships was awarded to
Bibby Offshore and so it may be that Vector have retired
from the fray. Also it has been in the news that BP have
order at least two platform ships which will also be managed
by this organisation. In view of the transient nature of the
management of this fleet I have decided to list them under
BP, who are after all the owners. The ship information has
At the time of the 2014 review
nothing had changed, except that there are still occasional
reports of these vessel being seen in drydock having stuff
done to them.
Updated 27th January 2014.