Maersk Supply Service has entered into contract with COSCO (Dalian) shipyard for building four Subsea Support Vessels with options for two additional vessels. All the vessels are of Marin Teknikk design.
Maersk Supply Service already has one Subsea Supply Vessel and two Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels on order from shipyards in Romania and in Chile.
“With this new order in China, we have taken the next step in our extensive new-building programme. We are reshaping our fleet to focus primarily on Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels and Subsea Support Vessels. In a long term perspective we see great potential in these segments,” said Maersk Supply Service CEO Carsten Plougmann Andersen.
COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard is situated in Dalian, the Northeast International Shipping Centre in China and is the largest shipyard in the COSCO Shipyard Group.
Liang Yanfeng, President of COSCO Shipyard Group and Chairman of COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard, said: “We are happy to have been awarded this contract by Maersk Supply Service to build four Subsea Support Vessels. In return for the vote of confidence, COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard will deliver the vessels in satisfaction of timeliness and exacting requirements of our client”.
The vessels are rated for operations in up to 3,000 metres of water depth and potential customers are international oil companies and construction companies. Delivery of the first vessels is expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.