Maersk Supply Service has completed its Fleet Renewal Programme with the arrival of the Starfish AHTS (anchor handling tug supply vessel) delivered Thursday February 14 from Kleven Yard.
The latest arrival takes the total number of newbuild vessels delivered to ten, with 23 divested over the last three years. All vessels have been designed to optimise reliability, energy efficiency, comfort, and safety.
The average age of Maersk Supply Service’s current 44-vessel fleet has been reduced to less than ten years. The composition of the renewed fleet – 30 AHTS vessels, 12 SSVs and 2 PSVs – supports Maersk Supply Service’s integrated solutions offerings for offshore projects in the areas of towing, mooring and installation; subsea construction; inspection, maintenance and repair; and light well intervention.
Chief executive officer Steen S. Karstensen, said: “As some of the newest vessels operating in the offshore support vessel industry, they have proven their highly advanced capabilities from the moment of delivery. These vessels are building impressive track records within a range of services and we’ve received positive feedback from our customers around the world.”
In 2016, Maersk Supply Service set out to reduce its fleet in response to the global over-supply of offshore support vessels. A total of 23 PSV and AHTS vessels have since left the fleet, with the final vessel divested in October 2018.
“It has been a priority for us to do our part in addressing the over-supply in the industry, as well as strengthening our asset base for project delivery. Here at the end of the renewal programme, we have a more modern and competitive fleet to meet the needs of our customers,” added Karstensen.