£10,000 donation for fisherman’s trust Published: 16 November, 2009
Petrofac Energy Development Ltd has donated £10,000 to the Scottish Fishermens Trust in recognition of the contribution made by SFF Services Ltd in ensuring the safe development of two of its North Sea oilfields.
SFF Services – a company wholly owned by the Scottish Fishermens Federation – provides fishing vessels to guard subsea structures and pipelines for the offshore oil industry, and for over a year it provided continuous guard vessel services for Petrofac during the construction phase of its Don Southwest and West Don Development Project without any safety incidents reported. The Don Southwest and West Don Fields are located in the northern North Sea, approximately 150 km northeast of the Shetland Islands and 12km north of the Thistle Field, in a water depth of about 150m.
Matt Huntington, Petrofac Subsea manager, said: ‘A total of 13 separate guard vessels had operated on the project and their exemplary safety performance was a credit to all of the crews involved especially when we consider the harsh environmental conditions that have been experienced in the Don area.’
James Brown, chairman of the Scottish Fishermens Trust, said: ‘Scottish Fishermens Trust is very grateful to Petrofac for their extremely generous donation to the charity.
‘The activity of SFF Services Ltd over a considerable number of years in organising guard vessels has facilitated good relations between the fishing and the oil and gas industries to our mutual benefit. It is extremely gratifying to the trust that Petrofac is recognising the contribution of SFF Services and its guard vessels in this substantial donation.’
The trust was set up by the Scottish Fishermens Federation in 2006 and since its inception has awarded more than £100,000 to a number of worthwhile projects. One of the key aims of the Trust is to protect and conserve the marine environment and advance public understanding of marine ecology and biodiversity. It also aims to promote and encourage the health, safety and training of fishermen.