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- 20 May 2007 - The Brightest Maritime Daily
Viking Offshore sold
to Vroon Group
31 strong fleet passes into Dutch ownership
Dutch shipping company Vroon Group BV has acquired leading Emergency
Response and Rescue Vessel operator Viking Offshore Services for an
The acquisition will see Aberdeen-based Viking Offshore renamed Vroon
Offshore Services Ltd, and will create one of the largest offshore
support fleets in Europe .
The existing management team at Viking Offshore will remain in place
and there will be no change to any contractual relationships with
customers, crews, employees or suppliers.
Viking Offshore currently operates a fleet of 31 Emergency Response
and Rescue Vessels in support of the offshore oil and gas industry and
has a nine strong new-build programme under way.
Vroon presently has a fleet of 21 diving support, platform supply and
safety standby vessels, as part of its wider shipping portfolio, and
has 13 new offshore ships on order for delivery over the next three
years. All its offshore support activities are managed out of Den
Helder in the Netherlands through Vroon Offshore Services B.V.
Mrs Marja Doedens, Managing Director of Vroon Offshore Services B.V.,
said: “Viking Offshore has established an excellent reputation for
quality service delivery and it represents an ideal fit in terms of
our future growth strategy. We have common objectives in terms of
safety and customer satisfaction and share a vision of maintaining a
pre-eminent role in our sector. We look forward to work together to
share best practice and develop new commercial opportunities.”
Viking Offshore Services CEO Graham Philip said: “This is an exciting
move for Viking Offshore . Vroon is a dynamic international shipping
company which has operated in the offshore support market for more
than 40 years.
“It marks the beginning of the next stage of development for our
business which has become firmly established as a leading player in
“Becoming part of a large international shipping company which has 52
offshore support vessels and 21 new builds on order will broaden our
commercial offering and ensure continued quality service provision to
“It will also potentially offer new opportunities for our shore based
employees and our crews.” The deal sees Viking Supply Ships AS sell
its 100% shareholding in Viking Offshore Services (Holdings) Ltd,
which has 650 vessel crew and 35 shore based employees.
As Viking Offshore vessels are dry docked they will be rebranded in
Vroon's red and white colours and livery – a large white V on each
side of the hull. They will also be renamed, with the prefix ‘VOS'
replacing the existing ‘Viking'.
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