As part of Maersk Supply Service’s recently announced divestment plans, anchor handlers Maersk Puncher and Maersk Provider have been sold. Both vessels have been in Maersk Supply’s fleet since the early 1990s.
Offshore Tug/Supply Ship Maersk Puncher (now KPS Faruk Bay)
Maersk Supply Service is reducing its fleet by up to 20 vessels over the coming 18 months. The divestment plan is a response to vessels in lay-up, limited trading opportunities and the global over-supply of offshore supply vessels in the industry.
Maersk Puncher and Maersk Provider were delivered to their new owners, Karadeniz Energy Group based in Istanbul, on 23 August. Both vessels will be modified by their new owners and will no longer compete in the offshore supply vessel segment.
The sale of these two vessels, along with the earlier sale of Maersk Finder, leaves Maersk Supply Service with a fleet 54 vessels, with further disposals planned.