Trico Marine Names New Senior VP

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Trico Marine Services, Inc. announces the appointment of Larry D. Francois as Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Trico, Francois served as President of Seabulk Offshore, a subsidiary of Seabulk International, Inc., for approximately three years where he was responsible for their worldwide offshore operations. Prior to his tenure at Seabulk, Larry served as area manager of domestic offshore marine operations for Tidewater, Inc. and prior to that assignment was a division manager for Zapata Gulf Marine Corporation in Mexico. Other overseas assignments included international marketing manager in London for Western Oceanic, Inc., a subsidiary of the Western Company of North America, with responsibility for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and area executive for Tidewater in Egypt.

Seamobile Acquires Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) SeaMobile, Inc., a global provider of advanced at-sea wireless voice, data, and Internet communications services, announced that it has acquired Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN), a provider of satellite-based broadband communications and networking services for the maritime industry. The acquisition has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

A heavy workload and pressures from the office are keeping many people from taking relaxing vacations on cruise ships. A 2003 survey by Management Recruiters International of 730 executives found that 47% surveyed wouldn’t use all their vacation time and 58% said that the reason was job pressure. The same study also found that 35% said they wouldn’t take a vacation because they have too much work to do. Connectivity at sea changes that, creating an extension of the office while enjoying time away. Dear Robert,SeaMobile, a Seattle, WA based company, was founded in March 2005 by veterans of the wireless telecommunications and cable industries to provide wireless voice, data, Internet and other content and communications related services for cruise lines, oil and gas platforms, ferries, yachts, container ships, and government/military sectors. The company recently announced contracts with Silversea Cruises and Oceania Cruises and has since deployed wireless services on ships for both companies. SeaMobile’s proprietary technology is a sophisticated IP/software based solution that works with any type of wireless phone (GSM, GPRS or CDMA) used by the customer when accessing the SeaMobile network at sea. This allows virtually anyone aboard any vessel at sea to use voice and data services available through their wireless home carrier, just as they would on land. Worldwide roaming agreements established by SeaMobile provide transparent connectivity for wireless services and billing is provided by the home carrier.

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