I find it difficult to
believe that we have ignored Island Offshore for at
least two years while the company have been developing.
They are based in Ulsteinvik and have associations with
the family who own the shipyard and developed the UT
offshore vessel type before it was sold to Rolls Royce.
During this time they have
built ships brought them into service, and amazingly
started to sell them and to replace them with further
new-buildings. Now, at the beginning of 2008 they are
still building ships, and when their programme is
complete they say that the fleet will consist of nine
platform ships, three anchor-handlers, three subsea
support vessels, three well intervention ships and a
At the time of writing,
February 2008, there are still one anchor handler and
four platform vessel to come to complete the fleet, and
of course in the present market conditions it may not be
possible, or indeed wise, to order further vessels.
Additionally we can find no record of the additional
anchor-handler being ordered.
At the time of the revision
to this information in February 2010, nothing much has
changed. Probably Island Offshore will not build
anything for the foreseeable future. And having
just written that I see that Island Offshore have
ordered two UT 776 CDs from STX Brevik (Feb 19th 2010)
At the 2013 update it can be
seen that a number of new platform ships have been added
to the fleet, some of which have become well stimulation
At the 2014 update Island
Offshore can be seen to have conitinued to expand, but
possibly at a slightly slower rate.
Updated 2nd October 2014.