Maersk Supply Service delays nine newbuilds

Maersk Supply Service has reached agreements with shipyards Cosco Dalian and Kleven to delay the delivery of five anchor handling vessels and four subsea support vessels it currently has on order.

Maersk has already received two anchor handlers from its order of six at Kleven, and the next three have now been delayed until 2018 and the last to early 2018.

The four subsea support vessels on order at Cosco have all been postponed with delivery dates planned from summer 2017 to spring 2018.

Steen S. Karstensen, CEO of Maersk Supply Service, said: “It is our priority to optimize the utilization options for our new-buildings, and we are confident that the new delivery schedule will benefit the competitive edge of Maersk Supply Service.”

Both Maersk Supply Service and the yards consider this the best possible solution given the current market situation, the company said.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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