As part of Maersk Supply Service’s recently announced divestment plans, Maersk Seeker and Maersk Supplier have officially been sold as of 9th December 2016. Both vessels are Anchor Handler Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS) and joined the fleet in the late ’90s.
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. Source: Maersk Supply Service.
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