MES takes control of tricky AHTS contract

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.


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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