Shetland Base Service commenced
services in the port of Aberdeen during 2001. They were a
logistics company offering a complete
transport service - from door to platform using the company's own
services. It controlled a small base on the south side of Aberdeen Harbour.
It owned a fleet of vehicles, and back in the summer of that year it bought a UT705.
This vessel was almost immediately chartered by a Scandinavian operator. With this purchase SBS became the UK's
largest supply ship owner! Something to think about. At the oil show they signed a contract for
the building of a second vessel. This one was a VS 470 II.
shipping part of the company detached from the base
operations, and expansion continued. the ships were painted up
in a colour scheme which looked very like that of the defunct
OIL, and much of both onshore management and sea staff had
previously worked for that company.
Late in 2006
the company was purchased by Viking Supply Ships, but still
exists as SBS Marine, managed from its Scottish headquarters in
Aberdeenshire.More recently, on the Viking Supply Ships website,
it is stated that SBS Marine Ltd has been purchased by AB
TransAtlantic. But surely AB TransAtlantic own Viking Supply
Where we seem to be now is that
the holding company have renamed Viking Supply Ships as Viking
Supply Ships, and the SBS ships are gradually being renamed as
Viking something, and so this site is now history.
Updated May 2012