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.