Vroon to put a dozen ships into layup - to sell-off older ERRVsCompany News // October 9, 2015
Vroon Offshore has confirmed that it is to put 12 vessels into layup. In a statement, the company said its decision was a direct result of the ongoing slump in offshore oil and gas activity.
"Vroon Offshore Services will be taking 12 offshore support vessels out of operation. From the fourth quarter of 2015 onwards, five platform supply vessels and seven emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) will enter long-term layup," said the statement. In addition, a number of older ERRVs are being divested for recycling purposes.
"We deeply regret the corresponding reduction in onboard positions and the consequences this has for our colleagues," said Vroon. "The current market conditions, which have created low vessel-utilisation levels, require us to substantially reduce operational costs. Rationalisation of our operational fleet and cost structure started earlier this year and will remain a priority going forward."