Bankrupt Harkand cancels Eidesvik charter

Harkand Gulf Contracting has terminated its charter of Eidesvik’s offshore construction vessel (OCV) Viking Poseidon (built 2009) with immediate effect.

The Harkand group announced on Thursday it has entered administration in the UK, including all but one of its subsidiaries.

Viking Poseidon’s contract was scheduled to terminate in January 2017, but the vessel has been laid up since October last year.

“Eidesvik has engaged legal advisors to protect the company’s interests,” the Oslo-listed shipowner said today.

The vessel was previously operated by Veolia Marine Services (VMS), which had the OCV on a long-term charter from Eidesvik. Harkand bought the Gulf of Mexico business in 2013; the vessel was one of three assets included in the sale.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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