At Marine Layup Service, we offer a full range of services to support our client’s needs. We can provide additional support services if you require a berth alongside or anchorage. This page is here to help you understand the decision-making process on a layup and the level of service on offer to meet and exceed your requirements. Below is a typical range of services. The location pages will help you to understand what services we can provide at each location.

Indicative Layup Timeframes are:Jackup Hot Layup

  • Hot Stacking Less than three months
  • Warm Stacking Between 3 & 12 Months
  • Cold Stacking Over 12 Months

Strategic Decision-Making Support

We can advise clients on the range of options depending upon the desired preservation, reactivation time and available budget.


With a technical department of qualified marine engineers and highly trained staff experienced in maintenance & reliability engineering, we are heavily focused on understanding the needs & balance of doing the proper maintenance at the right time.

The Commercial Decision

The decision to choose is often tricky as keeping the vessel in a hot or warm stack is expensive, but by cold stacking, savings are made at the expense of a longer lead time to reactivate. What happens if someone wants my vessel tomorrow?

Cost Effectiveness

Offering a new range of services means targeting exemplary service to our clients to meet and exceed their expectations. Below is an example of cost savings that can be expected as the vessel comes out of service.

Hot or Warm Stacking

MLS can provide a wharf or anchorage to meet your requirements. We have experience assisting operators in finding, booking and managing their layup projects worldwide. From when a vessel or rig arrives for a layup or layover, the work does not stop there. The activity level depends on how long the stay and how many crew remain.

MLS is a safe pair of hands when it comes to supporting your operation.

Cold Stacking

MLS has completed several cold layups alongside several wharves and at anchor in the past. Anchorages are more cost-effective and easier to enter and exit, but additional support services such as repairs or provisions require more planning.

From when you choose to partner with us, you will be guided through;

  1. Scope agreement and demobilisation plan
  2. Pre-arrival information and requirements
  3. Deactivation process with a comprehensive layup report
  4. Ongoing monthly reports during cold stacking with six monthly underwater reports
  5. Assistance as required to reactivate when the time comes

MLS Has a Cold Layup Solution

Offering a new range of services means targeting exemplary service to our clients to meet and exceed their expectations. Cost & preservation control versus reactivation time means balancing the time expected to be laid up or layover and providing the exemplary service to maintain the vessel properly. As such, we have five levels of cold layup service to better suit your needs and budget.

With a split in Cold Stack into five options

  • Lite Cold Stack
  • Lite Cold Stack Plus
  • Cold Stack Standard
  • Enhanced Cold Stack
  • Enhance Cold Stack Plus

 The traditional cold stack service offers a rigid reactivation time to the client’s needs, but with the addition of a Lite cold stack service, preservation of equipment is still managed with a few days of reactivation time. Consider it an alternative to warm stacking.

New Solution 1- Lite Cold Stacking

This service is for budget-focused clients who are more focused on faster warm stacking response times without the cost of a traditional cold stack solution. It allows the vessels to be maintained by MLS with little additional reactivation times over a warm stack. This helps to keep ships ready for immediate reactivation without crew costs while still being laid up to save on insurance costs. Get them and return them any time.

New Solution 2 – Enhanced Cold Stacking

If you are expected to lay up for a longer time, and your vessels are high value or relatively modern, then new technologies and solutions are available today to assist with your needs.

Why Choose Us? More in Tune with the Times

Additional Layup Services Available

Standard Services Offered

Wharf or Anchorage at Location Agency Referral
Generator Rental Fuel
Waste Oil Removal Sewerage Pumping Services
Garbage Disposal Potable Water Supply
Equipment Supply Repair Services
Watchmen Preservation Services, including VCI
Dehumidifier Rental Other Equipment Rental
Mooring Analysis Deactivation/ Reactivation Preparation

As our locations are close to maritime service hubs, any reasonable request can be fulfilled, from painting & blasting at anchor, piping & valve replacement to tank inspection & demucking. Our procedures are designed to meet the HSEQA of the oil & gas industry with complete traceability. Rental equipment is available, from tank pumping equipment to rental anchors & fenders. Our agents can provide visa applications as required, clear vessels in & out or arrange full provision of vessel chandlery services and air transport worldwide.