Offshore Support Vessels Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Study Offers Global Top Offshore Support Vessel Market Companies and is segmented by type (anchor handling tugs and anchor handling towing supply vessels, or AHTs and AHTS, platform supply vessels, and other types) and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa). The report offers the market size and forecasts for the Offshore Support Vessels Market in terms of revenue (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Offshore Support Vessel Market Size

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Offshore Support Vessels Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 5.95 %
Fastest Growing Market North America
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Offshore Support Vessels Market

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Offshore Support Vessel Market Analysis

The offshore support vessel market is estimated to be at USD 71.24 billion by the end of this year and is projected to reach USD 95.11 billion in the next five years, registering a CAGR of over 5.95% during the forecast period.

  • Over the medium term, the offshore support vessel market's growth is likely to accelerate in the near future due to the increasing demand for deepwater oil and gas drilling operations and the improved viability of offshore oil and gas projects.
  • On the other hand, the volatility in the prices of commodities extracted makes the path to growth a bit cumbersome for the market.
  • Nevertheless, new technologies that help offshore vessels deal with environmental problems open up a lot of opportunities for the market. For example, Maersk Supply Service has started its Stillstrom offshore vessel-charging business to reduce carbon emissions in the shipping industry by getting rid of emissions from ships that aren't moving. It will steadily phase out fossil-fuel-based vessels in the long run.
  • North America is predicted to dominate the market during the forecast period due to major offshore oil and gas discoveries that happened in the region recently.

Offshore Support Vessel Market Trends

Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) Expected to Dominate the Market

  • Platform supply vessels are offshore ships that bring equipment, other goods, and rig crew to offshore drilling and production platforms.A platform support vessel is a highly required support ship. Also called offshore supply vessels (OSVs), platform supply vessels help to sustain the demands of construction and maintenance projects, too.
  • The increase in oil and gas demand at the global level in many countries has prompted the producers to go for more petroleum sources like deepwater oil and gas exploitation. In the United States, the crude oil production from the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Federal Offshore region reached around 1743 thousand barrels per day in 2022. Such growing trends indicate the demand for offshore petroleum production and related services.
  • At the moment, many platform support vessels are needed for the offshore production agreements that were just signed. For example, in March 2022, Havila Shipping, which is based in Norway, was given a contract for the platform supply vessel Havila Heroy.The contract was offered by energy logistics provider Peterson Den Helder for 70 days plus options.
  • In October 2022, Equinor awarded six contracts, worth around USD 234 million, to five shipowners for platform supply vessels. Three of the contracts are one-year options, and the other three are three-year option contracts.
  • Overall, the demand for platform supply vessels is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.
Offshore Support Vessels Market - Average Crude Oil Production

North America Expected to Dominate the Market

  • With the increasing oil prices and drilling costs have gone down, North American offshore oil and gas production has gone up a lot.The high offshore drilling activity, in turn, is expected to be the major driver for the offshore support vessel market in the region.
  • The shallow-water drilling activity has been witnessing a decline in the Gulf of Mexico since 2016 due to reduced production rates in the same fields in which the operators are working and the lack of shallow-water discoveries in the recent picture. To maintain offshore production, the exploration and development companies operating in the region are moving toward deepwater plays to respond to the upscaled demand for oil and gas resources, which can drive the offshore vessel market growth significantly.
  • Many producers have recently been successful in their offshore exploration attempts. For example, in August 2022, Hess Corporation announced that the company made an oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in an area that hosts the company's Stampede offshore production platform.
  • Further, in January 2023, Talos Energy announced that the company had made two deepwater Gulf of Mexico discoveries, both of which contained oil and natural gas, during drilling operations in late 2022.
  • Because of these discoveries, there is likely to be a lot of production in the deep waters of the region in the near future, and offshore vessel providers are likely to get more requests in the near future.
Offshore Support Vessels Market - Growth Rate by Region

Offshore Support Vessel Industry Overview

The offshore support vessel market is moderately fragmented. Some of the major players in the market (in no particular order) include Tidewater Inc., Bourbon Corporation SA, Seacor Marine Holdings Inc., Maersk Supply Service A/S, and Solstad Offshore ASA.

Offshore Support Vessel Market Leaders

  1. Tidewater Inc.

  2. Maersk Supply Service A/S

  3. Bourbon Corporation SA

  4. Seacor Marine Holdings Inc.

  5. Solstad Offshore ASA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Offshore Support Vessels Market Concentration
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Offshore Support Vessel Market News

  • March 2022: Norway-based Island Offshore was awarded new support vessel contracts worth USD 45.62 million. The contracts include platform supply vessels, anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, and light well intervention vessels. The contract will be executed this year only.
  • March 2022: Havila Shipping bagged a contract for the offshore construction vessel Havila Phoenix from Nexans Norway. The vessel will be in service until the end of October 2022.

Offshore Support Vessel Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2028

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

        1. Increasing Demand for Deepwater Oil and Gas Drilling Operations

        2. The Improved Viability of Offshore Oil and Gas Projects

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

        1. The Volatility in the Prices of Commodities Extracted

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Anchor Handling Tug/Anchor Handling Towing Supply Vessels (AHT/AHTSs)

      2. 5.1.2 Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs)

      3. 5.1.3 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States of America

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of the North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Russia

        4. Norway

        5. Italy

        6. Germany

        7. Rest of the Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. South Korea

        4. Rest of the Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South-America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of the South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. Qatar

        3. United Arab Emirates

        4. Rest of the Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bourbon Corporation SA

      2. 6.3.2 Maersk Supply Service AS

      3. 6.3.3 Seacor Marine Holdings Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Edison Chouest Offshore LLC

      5. 6.3.5 Swire Pacific Limited

      6. 6.3.6 Tidewater Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC

      8. 6.3.8 Solstad Offshore ASA

      9. 6.3.9 Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc.

      10. 6.3.10 PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 New Technologies that Help Offshore Vessels Deal with Environmental Problems

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Offshore Support Vessel Industry Segmentation

Offshore vessels are ships that are used to do work on the high seas, like looking for oil or building things. The vessels can be used for platform support, anchor handling, construction, maintenance, and more. 

The offshore support vessel market is segmented by type and geography. By type, the market is segmented into anchor-handling tugs and anchor-handling towing supply vessels, platform supply vessels, and other types. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the offshore support vessel market across the major countries. For each segment, market sizing and forecasts have been done based on revenue (USD).

Anchor Handling Tug/Anchor Handling Towing Supply Vessels (AHT/AHTSs)
Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs)
Other Types
North America
United States of America
Rest of the North America
United Kingdom
Rest of the Europe
South Korea
Rest of the Asia-Pacific
Rest of the South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of the Middle-East and Africa
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Offshore Support Vessel Market Research FAQs

The Offshore Support Vessels Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.95% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Tidewater Inc., Maersk Supply Service A/S, Bourbon Corporation SA, Seacor Marine Holdings Inc. and Solstad Offshore ASA are the major companies operating in the Offshore Support Vessels Market.

North America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Offshore Support Vessels Market.

The report covers the Offshore Support Vessels Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Offshore Support Vessels Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

The opportunities in the OSV Market are a) Growth in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure b) Increasing focus on shallow water operations for oil and gas and wind farm development (lower cost than deepwater)

Offshore Support Vessel Industry Report

The offshore support vessel (OSV) market is experiencing significant growth driven by increased exploration and production activities in offshore areas, particularly in deepwater and shallow water segments. The market is poised to benefit from rising investments in offshore wind and oil & gas projects, which are essential to meet the growing global energy demand. However, the market faces challenges such as a supply-demand gap, intense competition, and stringent regulations. The market is segmented by vessel types, including anchor-handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, and others, with the shallow water segment expected to grow rapidly due to lower operational costs. North America is anticipated to be the fastest-growing region, driven by new offshore projects and increased oil production. The market is moderately fragmented, with key players focusing on technological advancements and strategic partnerships to capture larger market shares. Offshore supply vessel companies and offshore fleet companies are actively participating in this growth, leveraging the latest technologies and strategic collaborations. Statistics for the Offshore Support Vessels market share, size, and revenue growth rate are created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Offshore Support Vessels analysis includes a market forecast outlook and historical overview. For more detailed insights and a sample of this industry refer to the offshore supply vessel market report PDF.

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Offshore Support Vessels Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)