DECEMBER 14, 2016 — Maersk Supply Service is halfway to meeting the divestment goal it announced back in August, when it said it planned to shrink its fleet by up to 20 vessels over an 18 month period.
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/
Two anchor handlingr tug supply vessels (AHTS) that joined the fleet in the late 90’s — Maersk Seeker and Maersk Supplier —have officially been sold as of December 9, 2016.
Those sales bring the total number of vessels divested under the plan to 10 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.