Three more offshore vessels go into layup in Norway

Two platform supply vessels (PSVs) and an anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel have been laid up in Norway, according to brokers’ reports today.

Farstad Shipping’s PSV Far Serenade (5,944 dwt, built 2009) has been laid up in Ålesund, according to data from shipbroker Westshore. The vessel has been idle since September 2, when it completed a 14-day charter to GDF Norge, for which it was earning NOK 135,000 ($16,738) daily.

Gulf Offshore Norge’s PSV North Stream (4,585 dwt, built 1998) has been laid up in Sandnes. Its last reported fixture was 10 days of supply duties for Nexen in April this year.

The AHTS Normad Borg (2,873 dwt, built 2000), owned and managed by Solstad Shipping, has reportedly been laid up in Husoye, having been idle since it completed seven days of employment with OMC in early July.

According to Westshore data, a total of 48 PSVs, 15 AHTS vessels and three multipurpose supply vessels are currently laid up in the North Sea area.

Today, the Netherlands’ Vroon Offshore Services announced plans to lay up five platform supply vessels and seven emergency response and rescue vessels by the end of this year.

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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