The study begins with an examination of the operations of the various sectors of the offshore support craft fleet and a discussion of the part played by the different types of craft in the many phases of exploration, development and production. Sections 2 and 3 of the study analyse respectively the present offshore support fleet and the orderbook for support vessels, detailing the differences between the various sectors of the fleet with regard to such factors as age, horse-power, size, flag and ownership. There is also discussion of the ocean-going tug fleet and its relevance to offshore operations. The final section of the study tries to assess the present and future markets for offshore support craft. Responses to a questionnaire sent to 45 leading operators are analysed to give an indication of the present employment situation and the areas where the vessels are employed. This is followed by consideration of worldwide offshore activity, along with the implications for support vessels, and an examination of the present market for the craft in terms of charter rates, newbuilding prices and operating costs. Finally, there is discussion of the future prospects for offshore support craft, including such matters as future offshore activity, technological changes, and the likely effect of any new developments in the offshore support market.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Price is $75.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Drewry (HP) (Shipping Consultants) Limited

    Research Division, 24 Brook Street
    London W1Y 2LL,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Drewry (HP) (Shipping Consultants) Limited
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 60
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM