As part of Maersk Supply Service’s recently announced divestment plans, Maersk Seeker and Maersk Supplier have officially been sold as of 9 December 2016. Both vessels are Anchor Handler Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS) and joined the fleet in the late 90’s.
Maersk Supply Service announced in August 2016 that it is reducing its fleet by up to 20 vessels over a period of 18 months. The divestment plan is a response to vessels in lay-up, limited trading opportunities and the global over-supply of offshore supply vessels in the industry.
In 2016, 10 of the 20 vessels have already left the fleet and the divestments will continue in 2017.The vast majority of the divested vessels are expected to be recycled or modified by their new owners to compete outside of the offshore supply vessel segment.
To date, Maersk Beater, Maersk Chancellor, Maersk Finder, Maersk Puncher, Maersk Provider, Maersk Forwarder, Maersk Feeder, Maersk Fighter, Maersk Seeker and Maersk Supplier have been sold, leaving the Maersk Supply Service fleet at 47 vessels.
Maersk Supply Service provides marine services and integrated solutions to the energy sector worldwide. Maersk Supply Service is the market leader in deep-water services such as anchor handling in ultra-deep water, mooring installations, rig moves and transport of equipment to drilling rigs and production units. Maersk Supply Service employs an international staff of around 1100 offshore and 200 onshore people. Headquartered in Lyngby, Denmark, Maersk Supply Service is represented globally with offices in Aberdeen, St. John’s, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Luanda and Perth. Maersk Supply Service is a part of the stand-alone Energy division of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S. A.P. Møller – Maersk A/S employs roughly 88.000 employees across operations in 130 countries. In 2015 Maersk Supply Service delivered a profit (NOPAT) of USD 147 million.