Sarah on the move ... but not very far

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THE MV Sarah, an 8,500-tonne oil well intervention vessel, that has been berthed in Montrose harbour since September 30 last year was on the move last week.

Montrose skyline has changed dramatically since long-term visitor Sarah moved from the north quay to the south quay on Friday, April 15.

Montrose Port Authority chief executive John Paterson said: “The Port has been extremely busy over the past few days and the Sarah had to move to accommodate incoming ships.

“It is a good time for local businesses and companies.”

The Sarah has been stranded in Montrose while the future of its owner, Marine Subsea (UK), was determined.

The Aberdeen-based subsidiary of Norwegian oil and gas service provider Marine Subsea called in the liquidators last year and consequently the vessel was repossessed during the winding up process.

Just a year ago the future looked good for the company when subsea intervention specialist TSMarine announced that it would begin trading under the new name - Marine Subsea (UK) Ltd., - after a management buy-out supported by Marine Subsea.

Sarah was repossessed in late November and the financiers began looking to sell the vessel after the company, like many others, fell victim to the effects of the recession.

It was launched 22 months ago as a dynamic positioning vessel that can operate in depths of up to 3,000 metres.