Singapore-based OSV proprietor Britoil Offshore Providers has acquired 30 offshore vessels because the Dutch shipowner finalised its monetary restructuring. 

The deal additionally included supporting workplaces in Singapore and Genoa. The remaining vessels have been picked up by Norway’s Golden Vitality Offshore Providers (GEOS), whereas the Dutch-based Rederij Groen took over two OSVs.

Vroon stated the gross sales proceeds might be used to “cut back debt to a normalised stage” and that just about the whole workforce might be transferred to the brand new house owners, apart from the workplace in Den Helder, which might be closed throughout 2024.

“With Britoil, GEOS and Rederij Groen, now we have discovered strong new house ports for our offshore-support colleagues and fleet. Along with the brand new house owners, we are going to care for a easy and seamless handover of our vessels, crews and supporting workplaces to make sure continuity for our clients,” stated Martijn Schouten, chief govt of Vroon.

Vroon introduced plans earlier this 12 months to dump its offshore fleet, after the bulk possession of the so-called “new” Vroon, was transferred to the corporate’s lenders, whereas the Vroon household, which established the corporate in 1890, retained a small curiosity. Going ahead, the corporate’s fleet will include 65 ships, together with high-heat tankers, livestock carriers and emergency response and rescue vessels.

“These transactions mark the ultimate conclusion of an intensive course of and the start of a brand new chapter for Vroon,” added Schouten.

Based by David Hill over 30 years in the past, Britoil at present has a fleet of almost 30 ships with over 20 anchor dealing with tugs and a pair of platform suppliers. In 2021, HICO Funding Group, the personal funding enterprise of the Hartnoll household acquired a big stake in Britoil.

The 30-ship acquisition, wherein Transport Capital acted because the unique monetary advisor, will see Britoil within the high 10 offshore service vessel house owners, and develop its working footprint into the Mediterranean, the North Sea and Asia Pacific.

“It has been an thrilling interval for us at Britoil. After organising our Dubai workplace and buying seven offshore service vessels final 12 months, this acquisition gives a strong platform for development as a mixed firm,” said Florent Kirchhoff, CEO of Britoil.