3 companies form SeaTran Marine
Iberia Marine Service LLC, Comar Marine LLC and Texas Crewboats Inc., privately owned and family operated marine transportation companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 135 years of combined experience in the industry, announced a newly formed joint venture company, SeaTran Marine LLC, in a news release Tuesday.
Leading SeaTran Marine will be its new CEO, Blake J. Miguez, who is also the president of Iberia Marine Service. “We have always been and will continue to be a client driven company. Combining our resources in this unique manner will allow us to better serve our client’s needs. SeaTran will offer our clients all of the benefits of a small privately held company while having all of the resources of a large public company. Most importantly, we can offer our clients more flexibility and better customer service.”
Steve Miguez, CEO of Iberia Marine Service, commented, “I am very excited about SeaTran and have high expectations for the new management team that we put together. My son, Blake, has all of the leadership qualities necessary to grow SeaTran into a premier offshore marine transportation provider that keeps pace with our ever changing industry.”
Glynn A. Haines, CEO of Comar Marine, said, “Considerable thought, time and effort has been put into structuring SeaTran to ensure that our clients will be provided the best possible products, service and support going forward. SeaTran is made up from the best people from all three of our companies and under Blake’s proven leadership, I am confident that SeaTran will provide a level of customer service that will be second to none.”
Capt. Elliott Cundieff, CEO of Texas Crewboats, remarked, “We are very pleased to be a part of SeaTran. Each of our companies brings many years of experience to the table with this new joint venture. I believe this unification will help ensure that we will have the necessary resources to meet the new and emerging operational and regulatory needs required by our clients today and in the future.”
Cundieff’s son and vice president of Texas Crewboats, Casey Cundieff, added, “SeaTran Marine is exactly the type of unification were looking for as an opportunity to continue the strong reputation that we built by providing our clients with quality offshore marine transportation.”
Going forward as SeaTran, the combined fleets will provide clients with multiple benefits. Customers will now enjoy complete and surplus coverage in all major ports in the Gulf of Mexico with a total of 27 vessels available for hire with an additional four new 205’ class DP2 vessels currently under construction. The first newbuild is scheduled for delivery as early as October 2014 followed by March 2015, July 2016, and November 2016 delivery dates. SeaTran Marine, will represent the largest Crew / Fast Supply Vessel fleet in operation in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico market. Our team can now offer for hire a wide variety of vessels ranging in length from 110 ft. to 205 ft. including but not limited to those with Dynamic Positioning (DP1 / DP2 capabilities), ABS class, U.S. Coast Guard certified, as well as vessels rated for emergency and standby operations. SeaTran Marine crews will be held to heightened safety standards under voluntary ISM compliance that includes all necessary training regiments for any Gulf of Mexico or future foreign operations. SeaTran Marine has strategically located its main operating facility on the central Gulf Coast in Amelia with additional dockside facilities in Freeport, Texas, and New Iberia. SeaTran Marine also has sales offices and personnel strategically located across the Gulf Coast in Houston, Lafayette and Houma. Clients will now receive a unified notice for all available Iberia Marine, Comar Marine and Texas Crewboat vessels offering the ease of one point of contact, instead of three, to hire any needed vessel.