Maersk opts for Cosco

Maersk Supply Service has ordered up to six subsea supply vessels in China in a deal worth at least $470m.

The contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard is for four firm newbuildings plus options for an additional pair of vessels.

Delivery of the first of the Marin Teknikk-designed vessels is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Maersk said the newbuildings would be rated for operations in water depths of up to 3,000 metres.

The MT6027-design vessels will have a length of 137 metres, a beam of 27 metres and have a deadweight of 8,000t.

Features of the DP3-rated vessels include 1,925 sq metres of free deck space, accommodation for 120 people and a 400t AHC crane.

The vessels will also have the option to install an under deck carousel for 3,000t of product plus be configured for a 275t vertical lay tower over the deck of the moon pool.

“With this new order in China, we have taken the next step in our extensive new-building programme,” said Maersk Supply Service chief executive Carsten Plougmann Andersen.

“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.”

Maersk Supply Service already has one subsea supply vessel and two anchor handlers on order at yards in Romania and in Chile.