By the early 1990s there was some incentive for the development of purpose built standby vessels, or as they were to be known ERRVs, due to the recommendations subsequent to the Piper Alpha disaster, and the almost universal criticism of the Silver Pit. As a result Amerada Hess, then operators of the Scott Field contracted with a shipowner to build and manage this vessel. Another, the trafalgar Guardian was built for Enterprise and operated by Tidewater. In their day they were an innovation.

TYPE: Seaguar NAME: VOS GUARDIAN PHOTO: Vic Gibson
GENERAL PROPULSION RESCUE EQUIP
Length OA 55.0 m Engines 2 x Cat 3508TA Survivors Capacity 300
Breadth 12.7 m BHP/kW 1920/1410 FRC 1 15 man Norsafe
DWT 1036 t For'd Thrusters 1 x 600 bhp FRC 2 -
Deck area - Az Thrusters - Daughter Craft 1 MP 1000
    Az Prop 1 Daughter Craft 2 -
Year built 1994 Joystick - Dacon Scoop Yes
Shipyard Yorkshire Drydock DP - Sealift -
Previous names Scott Guardian
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