M-Class Maersk Starfish Anchor Handling Vessel
BERGEN, NORWAY – Maersk Supply Service will return one of its fuel-efficient M-class anchor handling vessels to Norwegian flag, hire a Norwegian crew and open an office in Bergen. Its first vessel is expected to be ready for operation in Norwegian waters in the summer of 2021.
With a strong focus on towing and installing floating units for the offshore wind and oil and gas industry, Maersk Supply Service sees a clear link between its core capabilities and the needs of the Norwegian market. In addition, the company’s ambition to decarbonize its fleet corresponds to the ambition of the main Norwegian players.
Duncan MacPherson, Maersk Procurement Service
âNorway is a pioneer when it comes to exploring new ways to reduce the environmental footprint of the offshore energy industry. Our anchor handlers are among the most modern and energy efficient vessels in the world. Therefore, we are convinced that they are a perfect fit for the Norwegian market. Our ambition is to be carbon neutral by 2050 and to have reduced our carbon intensity by 50% by 2030. We have already taken firm steps to improve our energy efficiency with behavioral changes and technical upgrades Says Duncan MacPherson, new general manager in Norway for Maersk Supply Department.
Duncan MacPherson has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and has been based in Norway for most of that time leading and managing companies engaged in marine services and project solutions in petroleum and gas, in addition to the global offshore renewable energy markets.
âOur goal is to have several vessels operating in Norway – both in the oil and gas industry and in floating wind. Over the past five years, we have built a solid track record of solutions capabilities combining our versatile fleet with comprehensive project management of offshore projects. Being able to offer complete solutions puts Maersk Supply Service in a unique position when it comes to planning and delivering complex offshore projects safely and efficiently, âsays MacPherson.
Maersk Supply Service has operated the North Sea for more than five decades and has already operated in Norway. With the new office in Norway, Maersk Supply Service expands its global presence to 11 locations. Based in Lyngby, Denmark, with local offices in Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore and UK.