Offshore shipping company Farstad Shipping says it will undertake NOK1,279m ($148m) in impairment losses during its fiscal year 2015.
Of these losses, some NOK1,094m ($127m) in impairments will be posted in Farstad’s 4Q 2015 financial results.
The Oslo-listed company said the book losses relate to vessels and other fixed assets and are “based on the development in brokers’ market values of the fleet, the prevailing market prospects as well as the uncertainty related to the vessels’ future earnings”.
The company currently operates a fleet of 59 vessels, comprising platform supply vessels (PSV), subsea support vessels and anchor handling tug support (AHTS) ships. It has one subsea support newbuilding being built at Vard Vung Tau for delivery in the fourth quarter this year.
Fartstad has begun selling off its older vessels to release liquidity, but each transaction has suffered heavy book losses.
In January, the company’s Australian subsidiary P/R International Offshore Services sold its PSV Lady Grace at a NOK49m ($5.61m) loss on its book value. The same month, Farstad Supply sold its 25-year-old PSV Far Scandia at an NOK8m loss ($0.91m) on its book value.
The Norwegian has also laid up seven of its vessels in recent months. A number of staff have been laid off and the company has closed its office in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Farstad will publish its quarterly result for 4Q 2015 and its preliminary annual accounts for 2015 on February 29.