Laborde Marine Management LLC has acquired two 240' deepwater DP-2 offshore supply vessels from L&M Botruc Rental Inc. and has expanded its fleet of managed vessels. 

The Solas-certified Shelley Lab and Gibson Lab will fully support deepwater activities in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the vessels is currently operating under contract while the other is completing routine shipyard inspections and maintenance prior to becoming available for energy industry support later in January. 

In addition to the acquisition, the Laborde Marine has recently assumed the management of the 190' deepwater DP-2 crewboat Northstar Independence and the 210' DP-1 OSV Capt. Woodrow. Laborde Marine now has 34 vessels either owned or under management.

“We are pleased with our most recent fleet additions, and we remain focused on delivering safe, dependable vessel support to meet the growing demand of our customers in the Gulf of Mexico," Ashton Laborde, president of the company, said in a statement. "Along with the four new vessels we are also very pleased to welcome 43 new employees to our Laborde Marine family." 

The offshore energy industry is in the early stages of what Laborde believes will be a multiyear growth phase. "We intend to continue to provide leading vessel support, with an uncompromising commitment to safety, as we sustainably grow our fleet into the future,” he said.

Laborde Marine is based in New Orleans and owns or operates a fleet of vessels which service the offshore energy industry and other marine support activities.

LabMar Ferry Services LLC is an affiliate of Laborde Marine and operates two ferry lines in the New Orleans for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.