Collaborative Approach Delivers Major Step Forward in Vessel Monitoring Services

Leading supply base operator ASCO has joined forces with Ultra Electronics to deliver an important step forward in vessel monitoring services.


Working in collaboration with Ultra Electronics Surveillance & Security Systems (ULTRA), ASCO has been awarded a major, long-term contract by an international operator for the provision of integrated collision avoidance monitoring which improves marine safety.


Thanks to the alliance, Ultra Electronics will use multiple platform-based radar early warning systems (REWS) to detect and gather vessel data to address the risks posed to offshore installations by marine traffic.  This data will then be sent onshore to be centrally monitored and co-ordinated by ASCO’s control room team which includes master mariners providing a 24/7, 365 day a year service.  The data will also be tracked by offshore platforms and Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs).


ASCO UK CEO Craig Lennox commented: “This announcement is particularly timely in view of the ongoing efforts by the Marine Safety Forum’s 500m safety zone industry work group.  Ultimately, our goal is to combine existing radar capability and supplement it with the innovative technology and skill of both organisations to create an interconnected network for the North Sea vessel market – and that is a very exciting prospect.”


Craig Revie of Ultra Electronics added: “By partnering with ASCO, we are offering an innovative partnership which will deliver significant benefits across the life of the project.  Providing monitoring and safety systems that reduce manpower and increase opportunities for the efficient deployment of assets, ULTRA hope to expand this approach to other offshore operators in the North Sea and other regions to support cost saving during these challenging times.”



Notes to editors: 

ASCO, which celebrates its landmark 50th anniversary in 2017, is the leading supply base operator to the global oil and gas industry.  Working primarily with IOCs, E&P companies and major contractors, the company is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland and operates from 17 bases in seven countries, and employs 2,000 people.  Supply base management operations are augmented by a suite of complimentary services, including materials and warehouse management, waste management, decommissioning, transport and logistics, training, personnel provision, fuel services and marine management.  ASCO also delivers a range of specialist technical and advisory services in marine, warehouse and inventory and lifting operations.  Operations are delivered using world class technology via our proprietary integrated Logistics Management System (iLMS).  ASCO is owned by Doughty Hanson and ASCO Management.  To find out more, visit

Ultra Electronics has more than twenty years of experience in the delivery and support of vessel tracking, collision avoidance and situational awareness systems to the global offshore oil and gas industry.  The company’s breadth of knowledge extends to the defence and aerospace, security and cyber, and transport industries, as well as the energy sector.