SeaZip prioritizes safety and health in its operations in face of Covid-19
Like all other businesses, SeaZip Offshore Service from Harlingen was completely taken aback by the corona outbreak at the beginning of the year, and the subsequent government measures. The virus meant the suspension of many offshore wind energy projects early this year, as well as service contracts concluded much earlier.
SeaZip’s six crew tender vessels and the offshore survey vessel SeaZip Fix were temporarily idled. This naturally impacted the operational results and corresponding budgets. Fortunately, SeaZip managed to take timely measures to absorb the market relapse. Two vessels, SeaZip 1 and 2, were sold in the process.
Efficient and safe performance at sea
Activities were resumed in the summer, faster than expected. As SeaZip 3 to 6 were unable to transport the usual amount of passengers due to corona measures, the number of movements per vessel rose considerably. Despite the challenging circumstances, the SeaZip vessels and their crews delivered a good, efficient and especially a safe performance.
Commercial management for third parties
The impact of the second corona wave on the level of activity in the international offshore energy industry seems to be less far-reaching than that of the first. In the run-up to the usually quiet winter months, all SeaZip crew tender vessels are providing intensive services for various projects in North-Europe. At the end of the summer of 2020, SeaZip signed a unique agreement for the commercial management of another two crew tender vessels that are being built for CoastWise Offshore Services (Zoutkamp) by Next Generation Shipyards in Groningen. SeaZip has been working with both businesses for some time now.
Focus remains on observing corona guidelines
Besides its efficient and safe deployment of its own fleet, in 2021 SeaZip Offshore Services will continue to invest in innovative partnerships in the interest of the offshore energy sector. The focus will be on the fast and flexible deployment of different sorts of service vessels, ROVs and drones; commercial management for third parties; maritime/logistics services; specialized staffing services and consultancy. Where maritime services for our customers are concerned, provided by well-trained professionals, the focus remains on safety and the strict observance of the international corona guidelines. In 2021 the operational management will continue to be performed by JR Ship Management, part of JR Shipping Group.