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Marine Link – Joseph Keefe – 7 December 2018
It wasn’t too long ago that offshore giant Tidewater emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. GulfMark did the same. Shortly thereafter, the two firms agreed to merge. The combined company will have a larger Jones Act fleet, but the percentage of the overall fleet that remains U.S. flagged will depend on where the firm sees best opportunities for its combined fleet. Whatever the outcome, and without a doubt, this merger represents a profound game changer for the global and domestic offshore energy support markets.