Over 70 offshore vessels laid up in the North Sea

Two more anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels have been idled in Norway, bringing the number of vessels laid up in the North Sea to 71.

Today, Boa Offshore’s vessel Boa Jarl (26,969 bhp, built 2015) was laid up in Trondheim, having been unemployed since completing 14 days’ work for Lundin in mid-August, according to data from shipbroker Westshore.

Simon Møkster Rederi’s Stril Commander (17,250 bhp, built 2009) was laid up at Stavanger after completing its previous charter with Prosafe at the end of September.

Some 17 AHTSs are now laid up in the North Sea, plus 50 platform supply vessels (PSV) and four multipurpose supply vessels, Westshore says.

Meanwhile, Dana Petroleum today chartered Greatship India’s PSV Malaviya 7 (4,587 dwt, built 1994) for supply duties for £3,000 per day. The reported rate was even lower than seen on Tuesday, when Wood Group fixed Gulf Offshore’s PSV Highland Chieftain (4,000 dwt, built 2013) for supply duties at £3,250 daily.

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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