Seabulk International, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Seabulk Offshore S.A., (SOSA), which is already ISM-certified, has also successfully passed the Bureau Veritas annual audit for renewal of its certification as an ISO 9002-certified company. SOSA operates a fleet of 38 offshore energy support vessels in West Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
The SOSA fleet of mainly large, anchor-handling tug/supply vessels is particularly well-suited to support the expanding oil and gas exploration
activities in the deepwater market off the coasts of Nigeria, Angola, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo and Cameroon. SOSA is part of the worldwide Seabulk Offshore group of companies, the world's third largest operator of oilfield
support vessels with a fleet of 143 workboats in nearly all of the world's major offshore markets.
Two other subsidiaries -- Seabulk Towing, with 31 vessels in seven southeastern U.S. ports and the Gulf of Mexico, and Sun State Marine Services
, a Florida shipyard and inland tug and barge operation -- are certified under the
American Waterways Operators' Responsible Carrier Program, an ISM Code- equivalent safety management system for the towing industry.