Maersk Supply Service (MSS) is to strengthen its Norwegian operation by registering one of its anchor handlers under the Norwegian flag, hiring a Norwegian crew, and opening an office in Bergen.
The company’s strategy is to take up opportunities in the towing and installation of floating assets in the offshore energy sector, including the rapidly developing wind power segment. At the same time, MSS believes that Norwegian decarbonisation initiatives fit well with the company’s own objectives.
Duncan MacPherson, who will head the new MSS operation in Norway as managing director, said: “Norway is a frontrunner when it comes to exploring new ways of lowering the environmental footprint of the offshore energy industry. Our anchor handlers are some of the most modern and energy-efficient vessels in the world.
“Therefore, we are confident that they are a suitable fit for the Norwegian market,” he continued. “Our ambition is to be carbon neutral in 2050 and to have reduced our carbon intensity by 50% by 2030. We have already taken firm action to improve our energy efficiency with behavioural changes and technical upgrades.”
MSS plans to have its first vessel ready for operation in Norwegian waters within the next few weeks.