Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maersk Dispatcher - big bruiser

1. Maersk Dispatcher alongside the rig GSF Grand Banks (added 2012-02-03)

2. Stern in at pier 25 (2012-02-02).

One of Canada's largest tug/suppliers arrived yesterday for some work with the oil rig GSF Grand Banks. The oil rig is in refit here, and the tug/supplier will be doing some work with the rig this evening.

Built in 2005 by Ast.y Serv. Nav. SA (ASENAV) in Chile, the ship is rated at 18,000 bhp with a 218 tonne bollard, and measures 5,470 gross tons. With sister Maersk Detector , built by the same yard, these are the largest AHTS in Canada.

Owners Maersk Supply Service Canada Ltd recently announced that they have ordered two suppliers from the same yard to be delivered in 2/2014 and 1/2015, with an option for four more. The new 150 tonne bollard pull AHTS vessels will replace current vessels in Maersk's Canadian fleet.

Canada and Chile have a free trade agreement, which favours shipbuilding there due to lower labour coasts.

Maersk Supply is no longer represented by Seabase Ltd, but now markets and manages its fleet directly. The Canadian owned Seabase, of St.John's represented Maersk Supply for 21 years until what is termed "disengagement" effective January 1, 2012.


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