The North Sea anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) market has yet to see a repeat of the sky-high summer rates enjoyed by owners last year.

Norwegian shipbroker Seabrokers said charterers will be pleased that the spot sector is working in a much “more normal” manner in 2023.

The Oslo shop said that when viewing the average monthly spot rates for June in comparison with 2022, it would appear that AHTS owners had endured a terrible month, with earnings down more than 70% year on year.