Island Offshore lays up survey vessel in Norway

Norway-based Island Offshore has laid up its survey and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) support vessel  Island Spirit (pictured) for the winter.

“We are working on relocating some of the crew, but unfortunately there will be some temporary lay-offs. Our hope is that the vessel will be fully operative in the beginning of 2016 with the same crew on board,” Håvard Ulstein, managing director of Island Offshore Management, said in a statement.

The vessel is usually employed in inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) work, surveys and in ROV support operations, but its owner says it expects these activities to “decrease in the coming months”.

Island Offshore has now stacked six vessels in total. Three platform supply vessels (PSVs) have been laid up until market conditions improve; two light well intervention vessels (RLWI) and one survey vessel have been idled during the winter months in Norway.

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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