Restructuring of the OSV business is far from finished


At OTC 2017, Secretary Zinke signs orders implementing new offshore energy strategy.


bosh…these OSV companies never really go out of business. bankrupt perhaps…,but completely gone. not!




Existing shareholders will receive 0.75% of the equity

What a wipe out…


The end is near.


The S&P Market for Offshore vessels in S.E.Asia is in the dolmdrums, as they are in the rest of the world:

Are there any similar estimation of price for the GoM market??


Dubai Gov. is doing it’s part to help the struggling Marine industry in the Emirate:

Singapore has announced a similar fund earlier:


Maersk Supply is delaying delivery of 9 vessels, 5 AHTS from Kleven and 4 Subsea suport vessels from COSCO Dalian:


Then it is official, Farstad Shipping, Deepsea Supply and Solstad Offshore is one company under the new name of Solstad Farstad and management from Solstad’s office in Skudeneshavn:
What will happen to Farstad’s office and staff in their Aalesund HQ and in their offices in Aberdeen, Perth, Singapore and Macae is left to be seen, but presumably they will be integrated into Solstad’s organization and offices around the world in much the same places.

With a fleet of 154 mostly modern top-end vessels this will be a VERY well placed company to take advantage of the upturn, if and when it happens. They are already in a better position than most OSV operators due to the fleet mix of CSVs, PSVs and AHTSs of the most sophisticated types available in the worldwide market.


Something positive is happening, at last in the North Sea market. Shortage of PSVs give work for available AHTS, even the heavy weight type:
I know this doesn’t do much good for those who work in the GoM, but it may be a sign that things are turning, as long as nobody gets greedy and start to take vessels out of cold layup too early.


Not OSV per se but Subsea 7 is strengthening it’s presents in the market by buying up a competitor:
They also take over staff, incl. in Houston.


Didn’t they just layoff a couple thousand folks?


Olympic Subsea ASA has nearly all their 11 vessels back in operation:
Their fleet is one of the most modern and versatile in the business:

Like most of the Offshore Shipping companies in Norway today they have their origin in fishing:


The Mexican market is opening up to foreign investment and foreign vessels:,maersk-enters-mexican-subsea-market_48369.htm


Chouest family put more money into Island Offshore:
But that doesn’t mean they increase their part of ownership in the company.



Is that the Island Venture sitting idle?? (Among several other smaller vessels)


From Tradewinds, looks like a lot of laid up vessels will be worthless:

Clarksons Platou: most charterers will reject laid-up OSVs

Industry survey reveals tough stance of oil companies towards long-term idle tonnage.

September 6th, 2017 11:00 GMT

by Gary Dixon

Published in Offshore

A survey of shipping players has revealed that most charterers will refuse to employ offshore support vessels (OSVs) that have been laid up for more than one or two years.

Clarksons Platou Securities asked 1,700 industry figures for their thoughts on the struggling sector and 258 responded, including owners, brokers and charterers.

A total of 77% of charterers indicated they would not accept a vessel laid-up for two years or more, and 69% said they would not accept a unit that had been out of the market for a year or more.

As idle ships make up 25% of the global fleet, this could have a profound effect on vessel use.

Clarksons said that if OSVs stacked for two years or more are excluded, utilisation stands at 62% at the current demand level.

Getting rid of ships laid up for one year or more boosts the figure to 69%.

Turner Holm, managing director of equity and credit research at Clarksons Platou Securites, said: "Only 10% of owners said they would reactivate a vessel without a contract, which surprised us given the history of speculative behaviour in the OSV industry.

“Almost two of three owners (64%) said they would require a contract that at least pays for the reactivation cost in order to reactivate a stacked vessel.”

In this case, one-year term rates would need to rise from $7,800 per day now to $12,000 to entice owners to move vessels out of layup, the broker calculated.

Better times ahead?

The survey revealed three main conclusions: that activity is very unlikely to fall in the next 12 months, and will probably rise; that supply may be tighter than previously thought; and the market is heading for balance or better within three years.

A huge 94% of respondents said they expected ship demand to rise or remain stable over the next year.

Only 6% expected this to fall.

Clarksons believes the OSV market could reach a balance if all vessels stacked for two years or more are excluded and demand were to rise 15% to 2,000 vessels, which was the level experienced in 2012.

“A 15% improvement in demand by 2019 is not far-fetched in our view,” it said.

"Note that OSV demand from servicing existing production should be significantly higher in 2019 compared to 2012 because the installed base of offshore platforms will have grown 20% in that period.

“In 2012 we estimate that production support absorbed 1,200 vessels, but with the growth in offshore infrastructure we think by 2H19 production support will absorb 1,400 vessels.”


Solstad-Farstad is getting rid of three small AHTS, which is not suitable in their fleet plan:
Nothing said about what the Brazilian Navy is going to use them for though.