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Seacor Marine takes 11 Pacific Richfield AHTS vessels

Seacor Marine has bought 11 AHTS vessels from Singapore’s Pacific Richfield, according to brokers Fearnley Offshore Supply.

Pacific Richfield put its entire 40-strong fleet up for sale at the end of last November as part of what it termed as a “restructuring exercise”, while brokers in Singapore described the move at the time as a distressed asset sale.

Fearnley said all the 11 ships are now in Singapore and are available for charter.

The vessels will be gradually reactivated from present layup status and renamed with a Seacor prefix.

“We expect Seacor to mobilise some of the vessels to Middle East and West Africa,” the broker anticipated.

Indonesian national Rony Sudjaka founded Pacific Richfield in 1989. Sudjaka’s father worked in Hong Kong at the old Taikoo Shipyard from 1926, before moving back to Indonesia to do contracting work.

Sudjaka himself, now 79, has been in the OSV business for more than half a century.

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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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