127 supply vessels in the North Sea looking for work

The number of unemployed supply vessels in the North Sea continues to rise, while the active vessels are sailing at rates that are despairingly lower than the level seen one or two years ago.

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127 vessels in the offshore sector, performing anchor handling and supply, are currently unemployed in the North Sea, according to numbers from Westshore Shipbrokers, reports Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Statoil hired five anchor handling vessels to move two rigs, at rates reflecting the massive downturn that has hit the offshore supply sector as a whole.

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