Tidewater Completes Combination with GulfMark Offshore

U.S.-based offshore supply vessel company Tidewater has completed its merger with rival Gulfmark Offshore, thereby creating a new global leader in the offshore support vessel sector in terms of total fleet size. Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) announced the closing of the deal on Thursday with support from over 99% of shareholders from both companies. All closing … [Read more...]

Offshore Driller Ensco to Buy Rowan in $2.38 Billion Deal

By John Benny and Shanti S Nair Oct 8 (Reuters) - Deep-sea oil driller Ensco Plc said on Monday it would buy smaller rival Rowan Cos Plc in an all-stock deal valued at $2.38 billion, to take advantage of a nascent recovery in the sector fueled by strengthening oil prices. Offshore drilling, the worst hit during the 2014 slide in oil prices, is set to benefit as recent … [Read more...]

Viking to Acquire Free-Fall Lifeboat Maker Norsafe

Danish maritime safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment announced today it has acquired Norwegian lifeboat-builder Norsafe.  Established in 1903, Norsafe produces a full range of free-fall lifeboats and fast rescue boats with davits and have supplied over 28,000 lifeboats to the global ship market over the years. Its advanced lifeboat products are … [Read more...]

Transocean to Acquire Ocean Rig in $2.9 Billion Deal

By Will Wade and Simon Casey (Bloomberg) -- Transocean Ltd., the world’s largest offshore drilling company, agreed to buy a smaller rival in a $2.9 billion deal, with rates for deepwater rigs forecast to double in two years. The cash-and-stock acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. will give Transocean a fleet of nine ultra-deepwater drillships and two harsh environment … [Read more...]

DP World Acquires European Logistics Firm Unifeeder for 660 Million Euros

Some big news this week from one of the world's top port operators and self-proclaimed global trade enabler. On Tuesday, Dubai-based DP World announced plan to acquire 100% of Unifeeder, the largest container feeder and growing shortsea network operator in Europe, for 660 million euros. DP World said the acquisition from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certain minority … [Read more...]