In a transaction that closed August 13, SEACOR Holdings acquired AMO-contracted U.S. Shipping Corp. (USSC), a privately-owned provider of long-haul marine transportation for chemical and petroleum cargoes in the U.S. coastwise trades, operating under the Jones Act.
American Maritime Officers will continue to represent all licensed officers working aboard the U.S. Shipping Corp. vessels, which for the immediate future will continue to operate under the terms of the existing AMO-USS Transport contract.
However, USSC's fleet of six vessels will be reduced to five later this year when the tanker Chemical Pioneer is retired from service.
In addition to the Chemical Pioneer, the vessels currently operating in the USSC fleet are the Houston and the ATBs Freeport, Galveston, Brownsville and Corpus Christi.
"Combining these two fleets and operating teams will provide our respective customers with enhanced flexibility, best-in-class equipment, and excellent service well into the future," said Dan Thorogood, CEO of Seabulk, part of the SEACOR family of companies.