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BP and Bibby offshore vessel deal 'secures 200 jobs'

BP North Sea vessels
Image caption The vessel deal is said to have secured scores of jobs

Oil giant BP and Bibby Ship Management have agreed an offshore vessel deal that is claimed to have secured 200 jobs.

The Aberdeen deal will run for a minimum of five years and is worth about £100m.

Bibby will manage four support vessels and two new-build platform supply vessels for operation in the North Sea.

Sir Michael Bibby, managing director of Bibby Line Group, said: "We are absolutely delighted."

'Good news'

Mark Hardie, BP's UK logistics infrastructure manager, said: "This award is a key component of BP's long-term marine strategy and we look forward to working with Bibby Ship Management to ensure high levels of service to our offshore operations.

"The five-year contract involves managing the existing Caledonian vessels as well as the two new high-specification supply vessels which will be joining the BP fleet from 2014.

"The award is good news for the 200 crew and support staff involved in this contract."

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