Viking settles in Newfoundland

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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New office in St. John’s to support offshore service ships

Viking Supply Ships is setting up shop in St. John’s to support its offshore service work in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The TransAtlantic supply ship Magne Viking is docked in St. John’s harbour in this file photo from July. The ship has special towing and anchor-handling equipment and was used in the deepwater oil exploration work being undertaken by Chevron in the Orphan Basin in the summer of 2013. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram

The company’s large black and yellow vessels, spotted in the city’s harbour in recent years, are a trademark.

Commonly spotted around the offshore oil and gas centres of Stavanger, Norway and Aberdeen, Scotland, the company hopes the ships will now be more commonly spotted off Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Viking Supply Ships has had several vessels working in Canada over the last few years and the opening of the Canadian office will strengthen the strategic position

in the Canadian market,” noted a company statement issued Wednesday.

“Viking Supply has been working in and out of Newfoundland for a number of years now,” said Gerard Dunphy, the new managing

director for Viking Supply Ships Canada.

He said the company has previously been involved inwork with

oil companies active at the White Rose field and more recently, as reported, in the deepwater Orphan Basin.

“And really (the company) felt a necessity to increase (its) presence for better customer service. And really I think it was a natural step,” he said.

Dunphy is in the middle of establishing its new office, in the Fortis Building on Water Street.

He could not directly comment on work on the table for the company in 2014, but said Viking is always looking for new opportunities.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Stavanger, Norway Aberdeen Scotland Canada White Rose

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