When I joined Maersk Supply Service in March of 2020 – it was just days before the Coronavirus pandemic really grew, in perception, into a global crisis. Almost overnight, it seemed to hit the global economy – and of course, the OSV sector. As the incoming COO, this forced me to “hit the ground running”, as I quickly jumped into the company’s COVID-19 response with our very capable team.
The last 12 months have really been uncharted waters, with the “perfect storm” of factors hitting our industry. The precipitous drop of activity (demand), combined with a significant increase in operational challenges (crew change travel disruptions, quarantines, supply chain delays, etc.), created a set of difficult circumstances not seen in the market before. Maersk Supply Service had our share of difficulties, but we tried to keep the mindset that these issues were simply ‘challenges to overcome’ with a goal to mitigate their effects to the best of our ability.
The overall goals and objectives have remained – to take care of our people, keep our vessels operating at a high standard and with exceptional service quality. Above all, the resiliency of our people, not the least, our seafarers, has given me a sense of pride throughout the year and a sense of optimism as we look forward.