Island Offshore rehires 300 staff

Norway’s Island Offshore has made an announcement that has rarely been seen in the OSV sector for the past couple of years. The Norwegian owner is rehiring 300 staff on the back of securing a number of new contracts that will see some of its fleet come out of layup.

Island Offshore – like many Norwegian OSV owners – had been cutting back staff dramatically in 2016. In October, for instance, Island Offshore laid off 330 people. It currently operates a fleet of 28 vessels including PSVs, AHTSs, subsea construction vessels as well as light well intervention vessels. It also has two ships under construction.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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