Global Offshore Support Vessel Markets, 2021-2026: AHTS, PSV, MPSV, Standby & Rescue Vessel, Crew Vessel, Chase Vessel, Seismic Vessel –

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Offshore Support Vessel Market by Type (AHTS, PSV, MPSV, Standby & Rescue Vessel, Crew Vessel, Chase Vessel, Seismic Vessel), Application (Shallow water and Deepwater), End-User (Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind), and Region – Forecast to 2026” report has been added to’s offering.

The offshore support vessel market is projected to grow from an estimated USD 22.0 billion in 2021 to USD 26.8 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 4.0%, from 2021 to 2026.

The growth of the market is also attributed to the increase in exploration activities in ultra-deepwaters and the Arctic region, in countries such as the US, Canada, and Norway.

Also, a growing focus on the European Union’s (EU) renewable energy targets would result in increasing the demand for offshore wind energy in Europe.

Thus, the growth in deployment of offshore wind farms would be the opportunity for the offshore support vessel market during the forecast period. Oversupply of offshore vessels acts as a restraint for the growth of the market during the forecast year.

The AHTS segment is expected to hold the largest share of the offshore support vessel market, by type, during the forecast period

Anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels constitute the largest segment of the offshore support vessel market, by type, in terms of volume as well as value. AHTS vessels are designed to provide anchor-handling and towage services and are also used for supplying deck cargo, water, fuel, dry bulk, and mud-to-oil rigs and platforms. These vessels can also be used for emergencies and are well equipped for firefighting, rescue, and oil recovery operations.

The demand from Asia Pacific and Europe is projected to drive the market for AHTS vessels during the forecast period. Countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia increased their E&P activities in offshore areas in the recent past.

Malaysia is the largest contributor to the short-term oil & gas production growth mainly due to the Kebabangan Gas Project. The global AHTS market dominated the global offshore support vessel market owing to increasing shallow-water activities in the Asia Pacific region.

North America: The fastest market for offshore support vessels

The North American market is projected to be the fastest-growing market, during the forecast period, owing to the continued production and exploration activities, particularly in the US and the Gulf of Mexico. As oil prices remain stable, the North American market will grow at the highest pace, as it will witness the fastest rise in exploration and production spending in response to any future recovery in oil prices, with its well-developed offshore industry.

Moreover, significant reserves and a comparatively stable political environment have further supported the growth of the offshore support vessel market in the region.

Premium Insights

  • Increased Ultra-Deepwater Exploration Activities, Especially In Arctic Region Is Expected To Drive offshore Support Vessel Market Growth During forecast Period
  • Ahts Segment Is Expected To Continue To Account for Largest Share of Offshore Support Vessel Market During forecast Period
  • Shallow Water Segment Is Expected To Continue To Account for Larger Share of Market During forecast Period
  • Oil & Gas Segment To Dominate Market During forecast Period
  • Asia Pacific To Grow At Highest CAGR During forecast Period
  • Offshore Support Vessel Market In Asia Pacific, by End User and Country: Oil & Gas Segment and India Dominated offshore Support Vessel Market In Asia Pacific In 2020

Market Dynamics


  • Increasing investments for offshore wind farm construction, combined with development of offshore oil & gas reserves


  • Fluctuating oil prices and huge capital requirements for offshore projects
  • Oversupply of vessels due to declined demand for OSVs


  • Aging offshore infrastructure leading to replacements and decommissions
  • Increased ultra-deepwater exploration activities, especially in Arctic region


  • High operational risks for OSVs due to extreme offshore climatic conditions
  • Growing stringency of regulations for offshore activities in key regions

Market Map

Average Day Rate

Supply Chain Overview

  • Key Influencers
  • Offshore support vessel providers
  • Brokers
  • End users

Case Study Analysis

  • Offshore Support Vessel Boarded With Battery Energy Storage System
  • Eidesvik offshore equipped its OSV with onboard battery energy storage system to reduce fuel consumption
  • Objective
  • Solution statement

Company Profiles

Key Players

  • Maersk
  • Bourbon
  • Seacor Marine
  • Swire Pacific
  • Tidewater
  • Siem offshore
  • Grupo CBO
  • Havila Shipping
  • Solstad offshore
  • Vroon Group
  • Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha
  • Ostensjo Rederi
  • Nam Cheong Limited
  • MMA offshore
  • DOF Group

Other Players

  • Harvey Gulf International Marine
  • PACC offshore Services Holdings
  • Royal IHC
  • Edison Chouest offshore
  • GC Rieber

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