One-stop-shop for oil spill response

Oil spill response made simple

One-stop-shop for oil spill response

Technologies offered by Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense complement each other perfectly. The Norwegian suppliers have thus come together to create OSVR Group through which they can offer a complete oil spill response solution. Supply vessels not in use can easily be upgraded for new assignments.

-Our aim is to be a one-stop-shop where we pool our efforts and act as a total systems supplier of safe, highly functional, and well-tested technology. The emergency response equipment has undergone thorough testing and quality assurance drawing on 40 years of oil spill response experience, says Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen, Area Manager, Oil & Gas Oil & Gas Pumping Systems, at Framo

-OSRV offers a package solution that covers everything the customer needs – from detection and containment to recovery of the spill. All conducted with reliable equipment that can handle the challenges if an accident occurs.

Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together to establish OSRV (Oil Spill Recovery Vessel) Group – a “one-stop-shop” for oil spill response. The companies in this Norwegian cluster are all specialists in their particular fields. OSRV is a solution bringing world-leading technologies together. All the Norwegian-manufactured components have a dedicated function to achieve the best result possible. This also allows for conventional supply vessels to be converted to emergency oil-spill response support units.

All the technology just one phone call away

-The customer only has to deal with one of the partners to get access to a complete system that covers everything from A to Z and is fully adapted in terms of functionality, volume, and size, says Roy Arne Nilsen from the international sales team at NorLense.

Aptomar’s radar and infrared camera identifies and produces an overview of the oil slick, whereas Maritime Partner’s powerful, high-speed vessels are perfect for pulling equipment such as booms in place. The oil is contained with booms from NorLense, and is then recovered onto a vessel with the Framo TransRec Oil Skimmer System.

This is equipment that is in use world-wide, and the technologies are tested annually as part of realistic drills.

Improved utilization of tonnage

Although the market is gathering pace, there are many offshore vessels still laid up and without assignments.

-Oil spill response is a complex operation, says Lars Solberg, Sales and Marketing Director at Norbit Aptomar AS

-This is a turnkey solution where customers have access to emergency preparedness expertise without themselves having to acquire this. With our package solution, supply vessels can easily be upgraded and used as part of new emergency response tenders. It is quick and easy for shipowners to convert existing vessels in order to offer new services to oil companies, emphasises Solberg.

Short lead-time on delivery

Going forward, delivery lead-times will be of utmost importance.

– When the assignments start ticking in, getting the mandatory equipment on board could for many become a time-critical issue. At OSVR Group, we will ensure that an emergency oil-spill response system is put in place in time, says Peder Myklebust, Managing Director of the boat-building specialist Maritime Partner.  

By using OSRV Group, the operator is just one phone call away from a complete solution delivered at the right time.

– We operate with a delivery lead-time of a mere 8 weeks for the full package of Norwegian-manufactured, high-quality equipment.

Close dialogue and collaboration between the four manufacturers leave customers with first-class support and quality assurance at every level.


Handling of the equipment requires minimal manpower. This reduces the need for crew members, is cost-effective for the shipowner, and increases the safety level as there are fewer people involved. Thorough training of operators helps extend the lifespan of the equipment.

-When an accident occurs, oil recovery is a race against the clock. The sooner a spill is detected, the sooner it can be contained and managed. It will then be cheaper and safer to recover the spill as quickly as possible, says Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen from Framo.

 “Norway in a Nutshell”

OSRV Group offers potential customers a round-trip in Norway, with visits to the suppliers in Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, and Lofoten.

Customers also have the option to lease the equipment from OSVR Group. For Norwegian shipowners abroad, the GIEK financing scheme may be of help.

-Leasing is beneficial as is does not impact on the customer’s liquidity. Cash flow can often be a challenge, and leasing allows for vessels to be converted for new opportunities without the same level of funds available, says Roy Arne Nilsen at NorLense.