The IOS - International Offshore Support Vessel Society was founded in Spring 2000 by a group of amateur model makers in Germany, who had concentrated on building models of Offshore Support Vessels dedicated to the Offshore Oil Industry, mainly supply ships. We started with fifteen members from all over the world. This has now increased to some forty enthusiasts from Australia, USA, France, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Germany. Establishing good contacts to shipyards and shipping companies has been a vital part of the Societies aims from the beginning and most of our members are well known to the people in the offices or on board vessels.
Building models of Offshore Support Vessels is a very important part of our activities. These models are of a specific vessel and built as faithfully as possible, and most of them are designed for sailing by remote control. Usually the models are not for sale. Many hours are spent in the workshops; with some models taking 5000 to 6000 hours to build. Conventions to be held every two years give added motivation to continue and we are proud of the standard of work that our members produce with some having won national and international championships.
We also have an interest in all parts of the industry and make regular trips to offshore bases, Esbjerg, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Ijmuiden etc. as well as visits to shipping companies, yards and designers. These visits provide a wealth of information in form of technical literature, photos and videos. Furthermore we have a large archive with brochures of ships, books and magazines. We are very pleased that several of our ship brochures, are of vessels that not longer exist. Because of the Societies extensive records, we like to think we are becoming an authority on the history of Offshore Support Vessels.
The Society are unable to supply drawings, as very often drawings and additional material is confidential and we are only given restricted use of the material on the strict understanding that we agree to the conditions given by the owner of copyright. Without the full cooperation of the various companies involved, it would be impossible for us to build the models, so we always abide by any conditions given.
This normally results in each member dealing directly with a specific vessel owner, shipyard or designer to get the plans and other relevant information to enable a model of that ship to be build.
Last but not least we would like to thank the Companies for their generous assistance in the past. We really appreciate your enthusiastic support of our Society.