Seacor Marine Holdings Inc., Houma, La., announced yesterday that it has acquired of three fast support vessels (FSVs) in exchange for the private placement of 603,872 shares of its common stock to domestic U.S. holders affiliated with the McCall family of Louisiana.

Seacor Marine has operated the three vessels for the past 10 years under a revenue sharing pooling agreement along with four of its owned FSVs of similar specification. As part of the transaction, this pooling agreement was terminated. This will eliminate a negative adjustment in recent years to Seacor Marine’s revenue and direct vessel profit (DVP) that resulted from allocations of revenue among the pool participants. In each of the past two years, this negative adjustment has been approximately $2.4 million per year, the majority of which resulted in a corresponding reduction in DVP.

With the addition of these three vessels, Seacor’s fleet of large FSVs (hull length greater than 190'/58 meters) now consists of 20 vessels. These vessels have an average age of approximately 5.9 years and all but three of the vessels are currently contracted. Of the contracted vessels, 14 are operating internationally and three domestically.

“We are excited to expand our FSV fleet, a core asset segment for SEACOR Marine," John Gellert, Seacor Marine’s CEO said in a statement. "FSVs have become an integral component of the logistics chain for offshore drilling and production operations due to their speed and versatility. Further, they have weathered the industry downturn remarkably well. Our large FSV models have notably maintained high utilization rates through continued expansion into international markets. Guyana and Saudi Arabia are the latest areas of international expansion for Seacor Marine’s FSV fleet.

“This transaction represents a clear continuation of Seacor Marine’s prudent growth strategy and commitment to actively managing our fleet" Gellert continued. "Since the end of 2017, we have grown the net book value of our owned fleet by more than $100 million, raised equity and bank debt, and in separate joint ventures, acquired a modern, foreign-flag supply vessel fleet built in China and expanded in Brazil through the recently announced acquisition of UP Offshore.

“On a personal note, I deeply appreciate the support provided to Seacor Marine by the McCall family. Norman McCall pioneered the development of aluminum vessels in the oilfield and our innovations in this segment would not have been possible without the contributions of him and his family.”

FSVs are aluminum hull vessels built for speed, transporting cargo and personnel at speeds up to 40 knots. Seacor Marine had 41 FSVs as of Dec. 31, 2018, in the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America, West Africa, Mediterranean and the Middle and Far East. Six of the 41 FSVs are catamaran hull forms dedicated to passenger transport as a safe, efficient alternative to helicopters.

Seacor Marine provides global marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas and wind farm facilities worldwide.

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.