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Maersk Supply Service postpones delivery of remaining newbuilds

Thu 15 Jun 2017 by David Foxwell

Maersk Supply Service postpones delivery of remaining newbuilds
Maersk Supply Service has taken delivery of one Starfish class anchor handler, but delivery of the others have been postponed

Maersk Supply Service has reached agreements with two yards, one in Norway and one in China, to postpone delivery of the remaining newbuilds in its orderbook.

It has agreed to postpone delivery of five anchor handlers under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway and four subsea vessels under construction at Cosco Dalian in China.

In a statement, Maersk Supply Service said the company and the yards “consider this the best possible solution given the current market situation.”

The first Starfish anchor handler, Maersk Master, was delivered in March this year; vessel number two in the series will be delivered in late June. The next three Starfish anchor handlers from Kleven will be delivered in 2018, and the last in the beginning of 2019.

None of the Stingray subsea vessels at Dalian COSCO have been delivered to date, and will all be slightly postponed with contract delivery dates planned from summer 2017 to spring 2018.

“It is our priority to optimise the utilisation options for our newbuildings, and we are confident that the new delivery schedule will benefit the competitive edge of Maersk Supply Service,” said the company's chief executive Steen Karstensen.