Johannes Østensjø, founder and chief executive of Østensjø Rederi, was presented with the Offshore Support Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, at a ceremony in London in February 2017. He founded the company in 1974
Mr Østensjø said that the most challenging moment during his long career is today. “I just want to say to some of the newcomers in the market, they do not have a sense of history about the industry. But we do at Østensjø Rederi.”
Over the years, he was the first to introduce a number of innovations, such as dynamic positioning on supply vessels, that have since become industry standard or best practice. Other innovations pioneered by Mr Østensjø and his colleagues include building the world’s first purpose-built monohull accommodation vessel, as well as the world’s largest escort tug.
Recently, the company has established itself in the burgeoning offshore wind market. Østensjø Rederi has recently ordered its second service operation vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind industry. Østensjø Rederi believes that offshore wind could provide it with further opportunities for similar vessels in the near future.
The first newbuild is a DP2 SOV which will operate for wind energy major Dong Energy. It will have 60 single cabins and accommodate up to 40 wind turbine technicians in addition to a marine crew of 20. A motion compensated gangway system with an adjustable pedestal will be installed to transfer turbine technicians and enhance uptime. The 81.1m vessel will have a beam of 17m and work out of an operations base on the east coast of the UK.