International Shipcare began operations in 1975 as BP Shipcare, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BP Shipping. Initially, our operations were focused on laying up BP’s surplus shipping tonnage, however as market demand for layup services grew, we expanded our service offer to include third-party owners and operators.
In the 1970s, a structured and organised system for the layup of vessels was not available for the marine industry. ISC, or BP Shipcare as it was then known, was the first company to offer a fully integrated lay up service to ship owners and in doing so changed the concept of layup from one of merely anchoring a fully crewed vessel in a safe location, to one that incorporated the maintenance of machinery and equipment and corrosion prevention, with a reduction in the crew numbers. This assured clients that a period of elective downtime to save costs would not translate to high reactivation costs when the vessel was eventually returned to service.
Our role as a market leader in the provision of layup services is evidenced by our ongoing involvement in the development of regulations and guidelines for the industry. We have also worked with Lloyd’s to update layup guidelines for cargo containment.
Our early experience, developed through our association with BP Group, one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, helped to establish our reputation as the best in class, catering for a broad range of clients, across the maritime spectrum, with a diverse fleet of vessels.
Over the past 40 years, International Shipcare has laid up a variety of vessels for some of the world’s largest shipping and energy companies. We have successfully cared for and re-activated more than 350 vessels, ranging from tankers to gas carriers and rigs to container ships.
Our client list has grown over the years to include major operators in every sector of the marine, offshore and energy markets. We pride ourselves on the quality of our operation and excellent customer service, and we constantly strive to deliver complete customer satisfaction and value-for-money solutions.