Four new supply vessels will be coming to the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador, under a service contract awarded to Atlantic Towing Ltd., according to a company statement.
Atlantic Towing has been tapped for offshore service to ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Co. Ltd. (HMDC) for the next 10 years, with the addition of 15 years of add-on options, if the employers choose to further award.
The offshore service — to the Hibernia and Hebron oil fields — will include use of the new supply ships, to be built by Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands. That same company is also currently building new ferries for the provincial fleet.
According to Atlantic Towing, the supply contract is the largest contract it has ever been awarded.
"ExxonMobil has been a valued customer and we are proud and honored to have the opportunity to support the Hibernia and Hebron operations offshore Newfoundland and Labrador with the highest standard of safety and service," said Wayne Power, vice-president of Atlantic Towing, in the company’s statement.
The new contract will require the J.D. Irving Transportation and Logistics subsidiary to hire more people.
"We expect hiring of approximately 100 new positions, which will provide a great opportunity for local seafarers, to begin in December 2015," said Sean Leet, general manager for Atlantic Towing.
Anyone interested in applying is being encouraged to contact the company through its website: www.atlantictowing.com.
Atlantic Towing currently has eight ships operating in its fleet and the new additions will bring the total fleet to 12.
The first of the new offshore supply ships is scheduled to be delivered in 2016.