Almost 100 offshore vessels laid up in the North Sea

Some 92 offshore vessels are laid up in the North Sea region, with REM Offshore’s REM Fortress (built 2011) platform support vessel (PSV) the latest among their number.

The 8600-bhp vessel has been stacked at Fosnavåg in Norway, according to data from Kristiansand-based shipbroker Westshore. REM Offshore has four other PSVs laid up at Fosnavåg.

The shop says 63 other PSVs have been laid up at various locations in the North Sea region since March 2015. Another two multipurpose PSVs have been stacked in Hull, on the east coast of England, Westshore data says.

Some 27 anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels are laid up in the region, mostly in Norway, according to Westshore data.

Today, Høyland Offshore’s PSV Sayan Princess was fixed to Enquest for supply duties for £4,500 per day for an unspecified contract duration, plus an extension option.

Another PSV, Gulfmark Norge’s Highland Princess, was fixed to perform supply duties for Nexen for 14 days at an unreported rate.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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