Bender Shipbuilding & Repair, based in Mobile, Alabama, said that a petition has been filed to put the company into involutary bankruptcy. The company had yet to be served, but it did say that it is in contractual disputes with two of the three creditors who filed the petition, including GulfMark Offshore Inc.
Bender disputes GulfMark's claims and believes that the petition is invalid.
"It is unfortunate that GulfMark has chosen to go this route," said Tom Bender, president and CEO of Bender, in a prepared release. "I am optimistic that the involutary petition will be dismissed quickly."