Another offshore customer for the Port of Hirtshals

On Tuesday 15 December, the Port of Hirtshals will receive its third offshore rig. The rig "Atlantic Esbjerg" is an accommodation rig, which is layed up for the moment because of decreasing activity in the oil business - this period will be used for classification and preparation for new assignments. This time, it is the company Teras Offshore that has discovered the Port of Hirtshals and the opportunities, which can be found here.

The Hirtshals based offshore company, Safe Ocean Service, has the main contract on the rig. CEO for Safe Ocean Service Chris Durhuus says about the assignment:
- We are very happy to welcome "Atlantic Esbjerg" to Safe Ocean Service and the Port of Hirtshals. We will be in charge of the upgrade of the rig, and last spring we were offshore to survey the tasks needed to have it class approved by DNV, and to make a price estimate of the needed assignments. A good cooperation between Safe Ocean Service and the Port of Hirtshals has made it possible to attract the rig to this area, and we hope for more rigs in the future - Safe Ocean Service was also present on an offshore rig, which was renovated at the Port of Hirtshals some years ago.

The classification of the rig is expected to last at least 6 months, and Safe Ocean Service will try to keep all the assignments among the local companies in Hirtshals. The Port of Hirtshals is home to a large cluster of service companies, and several of these companies have offshore experience. This option of having experienced offshore service has been one of the parameters for choosing the Port of Hirtshals as the repair site.

Besides offshore service, the geographical location of the Port of Hirtshals has also been of crucial importance in attracting this assignment to the area. The port's location directly at the North Sea and the great access conditions have made the port an attractive business partner. The Port of Hirtshals entered the offshore market in 2011 and 2012, when the port was chosen as repair site for two offshore rigs.

For several years, the Port of Hirtshals has had offshore as one of its business areas. This, compared with Safe Ocean Service's activities and experience on the offshore market, provides new opportunities for developing the offshore business at the Port of Hirtshals.

Safe Ocean Service was started by Chris Durhuus Thomas Nielsen in 2012, and since then the company has grown from 2 to 60 employees today, of which 15 are located at the office at the Port of Hirtshals. Safe Ocean Safe Ocean Service is an offshore service and engineering company within the oil, gas and wind turbine industry. At the beginning of 2015, Safe Ocean Service opened an office in Houston, Texas, where there is a large market for especially the wind industry.