Broker finds owners in cautiously optimistic mood for 2014News // March 5, 2014
Seabrokers notes that a number of shipowners who have OSVs plying their trade in Northwest Europe have been releasing their 2013 financial results in recent weeks, with many voicing cautious optimism regarding their prospects for 2014.
Deep Sea Supply noted that “tendering activity for long term charters of PSVs is high, especially for operations in the North Sea and Africa.” Futhermore, the owner expects the North Sea spot market to tighten as new rigs enter the region while some vessels are expected to depart for seasonal campaigns elsewhere.
Seabrokers said this sentiment was matched by a number of other owners including GulfMark Offshore and Eidesvik.
DOF ASA noted that it is expecting a good, but volatile, market on the AHTS side in 2014, although Farstad suggested that a net departure of AHTS tonnage to other markets would be beneficial.