Maersk Supply Services has turned to Chilean shipyard Asenav with an order for up to six offshore support vessels.
AP Moller-Maersk’s offshore shipowning arm will pay $200m for the first two firm vessels and is sitting on options for four more.
Asenav will wheel out the firm 150-tbp ships, which are designed for harsh-environment operations off Canada, in February 2014 and January of 2015, a statement says.
Designed by Maersk Maritime Technology and Wartsila Ship design, the vessels will be 25% more energy efficient than their rivals in the market, Maersk claims.
Carsten Plougmann Andersen, CEO of Maersk Supply, boasts the vessels will set new standards on emissions and operational efficiency.
The company has a fleet of 67 ships, nine of which are already operating in the Canadian market. It also has two platform supply vessels on order at Canada’s Marystown Shipyard.
Maersk is no stranger to Asenav having preciously built five newbuildings at the yard.