Owners of offshore support vessels could see rates surpassing all-time highs in North Sea markets this year.

Fearnley Offshore Supply analyst Jesper Skjong told the shipbroker’s energy and shipping conference that the sector will be “quite, quite tight” for both anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) ships and platform supply vessels (PSVs).

AHTS units are seeing offshore wind turbine installation charter deals extended beyond optional periods, in addition to regular oil and gas work.