Aberdeen-headquartered support ship operator Sentinel Marine is adding to its fleet with the purchase and major refit of a multi-role ship.
Scotian Sentinel will enter service in November and will perform a dual platform supply and emergency response and rescue role.
It was purchased from a Canadian seller and is currently in dry dock for upgrade work.
A few weeks ago Bailey Sentinel arrived in Aberdeen following construction at a shipyard in China.
Its addition to the fleet led to the creation of a further 24 jobs at the firm.
A ninth emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) is scheduled for delivery early next year, completing its new-build fleet expansion programme.
The investment in new vessels has allowed Sentinel Marine to swell its headcount to 350.
The firm has had to relocate to new, larger premises at The Exchange on Market Street.
Sentinel Marine chief executive officer Rory Deans said: “The expansion of our team both on and offshore has been in tandem with the development of our fleet, and we had reached the point where we had simply outgrown our old offices. Our new premises provide us with three times the floor space.
“While our purpose-built ERRVs are attractive to operators because of their multi-role capabilities, their reliability and their efficiency, these vessels have also been instrumental in allowing us to attract employees of the very highest calibre.
“As well as recruiting skilled and established seamen, we also invest very heavily in staff development and nurturing new talent. Our first cadet graduated this year after three years of study and has commenced employment as a ship’s engineer.
“We now have eight cadets – four deck officer and four engineer officer – who are studying towards their first certificate of competency.”