DOF Group’s $1.1bn takeover of Maersk Supply Service will lift the Norwegian shipowner to another level, one analyst believes.

Under the deal, 22 high-quality anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) and subsea ships will become part of DOF’s fleet.

Fearnley Offshore Supply analyst Jesper Skjong told TradeWinds that although certain vessels are being retained, the Olso-listed owner will still get its hands on ships that are “a great fit for the company and its fleet today”.