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Gulfmark Must Choose: Size or Specialty

(Source: VesselsValue)


Coming hot off the heels of July's announcement of a merger deal between offshore services firms Tidewater and Gulfmark, rival Harvey Gulf offered its $836 million fleet in a competing deal to merge with Gulfmark.

Now Gulfmark is left to weigh its options.

"With a combined fleet size of 274 vessels, a merger between GulfMark and Tidewater would lead to one of the largest OSV fleets in terms of overall size with an average age 10.7 years old," said Matthew Freeman, VesselsValue Director. "If a merger would materialize between Harvey Gulf and GulfMark, it would mean a smaller overall fleet size of 129 vessels but with an average age of 9.2 years old."

"The Harvey Gulf fleet consists of 57 OSVs and six OCVs (a sector that GulfMark does not currently have a presence in), so the main questions here are size over specialty and what the future holds," Freeman said.

Tidewater, Harvey Gulf and GulfMark Fleets
Owner Number of Vessels Average Age Total Market Value
Tidewater Marine 208 10.2 $1.058 billion
Harvey Gulf Marine 63 7.2 $836 million
GulfMark Offshore 66 11.2 $342 million
Owner Number of Vessels
Average Age Total Market Value
Tidewater and GulfMark 274 10.7 $1.4 billion
Harvey Gulf and GulfMark 129 9.2 $1.179 billion

Aug 7, 2018


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