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Maersk Supply Services vessel pair sink en route to scrapyard

Two Maersk Supply Services offshore vessels, anchor handlers Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper, have sunk while being towed to a Turkish scrapyard for recycling.

The vessels sunk yesterday around 60 miles off the French coast, while under tow from Maersk AHTS vessel, Maersk Battler.

No crew were onboard the vessels, and the entire crew of ten on the Maersk Battler were unharmed and accounted for.

A spokesperson from Maersk Supply Services told Splash: “Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper were on route to a Turkish ship yard for recycling. Maersk Battler was assigned as towing vessel for the two vessels and the convoy left Fredericia, Denmark on December 12. Prior to departure both towed vessels had been emptied of lubricant oil and diesel oil.

“We are currently investigating the cause of the incident.”

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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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