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Maersk delays nine newbuilds

Written by  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:43

Maersk Supply Service (MSS) has reached agreements with two shipyards to delay nine of its newbuild vessels due to the current market situation.

Maersk Master. Image from MSS.

A total of five anchor handling newbuilds with Norway’s Kleven Yard, and four subsea support vessels under construction at Cosco Dalian in China have been postponed.

Both MSS and the yards consider this the best possible solution given the current market situation, says MSS.

The first Starfish anchor handling vessel, the Maersk Master, was delivered in March this year, while vessel number two will be delivered in late-June. The next three Starfish anchor handling vessels from Kleven will now be delivered in 2018, and the latest in the beginning of 2019.

The four Stingray subsea support vessels at Dalian Cosco will all be slightly postponed with contract delivery dates planned from summer 2017 to spring 2018, says MSS.

“It is our priority to optimize the utilization options for our new-buildings, and we are confident that the new delivery schedule will benefit the competitive edge of Maersk Supply Service,” says MSS CEO Steen S. Karstensen.

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