Hvide Marine Inc. signed an agreement in principle with Tidewater Inc. (TDW)
for the sale of six offshore support vessels for $22 million. The price includes the assumption by Tidewater of Hvide's remaining obligations for the cost of construction of three of the vessels that have not yet been delivered. The transaction, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, is subject to customary conditions, including the negotiation of definitive agreements, and is expected to close in early July.
The six vessels being sold to Tidewater are part of the company's Seabulk Offshore fleet and include three vessels currently in operation - one 205-ft. platform supply vessel and two tractor tugs - and three 152-ft crewboats currently under construction.