Difficulties in building a quartet of anchor handling tug supply vessels has seen one of Japan’s major yards step in.
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) is taking over construction of the four ships ALP Maritime Services originally ordered at its consolidated subsidiary Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair back in 2014. ALP is a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners.
Niigata Shipbuilding has struggled to complete the orders, all of which were meant for delivery this year. MES will take on the second and third ships in the contract, splitting them at its two yards, Tamano and Chiba, while loss-making Niigata Shipbuilding should deliver the first in June and then work on the final vessel.