Offshore support vessel (OSV) owners and charterers should come together to share their ships to improve efficiency, an industry expert believes.

Stanislas Oriot, senior marine consultant at shipping analytics company Opsealog, said a practice that is already seen in the container sector has the potential to boost utilisation and reduce emissions.

“In a tight market, it makes little sense to have vessels spending much of their time idling – which is bad for fuel efficiency and bad for the environment,” he told TradeWinds.