Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR) announced today that it has entered into a 50/50 strategic partnership with Fugro for the long-term charter of the DP2 Toisa Paladin, a 2007 purpose built, DNV classed, diving support vessel. The charter party agreement with Toisa Pte Ltd will be shared equally between Cal Dive and Fugro and has a three-year term plus two six-month extension periods. Cal Dive and Fugro will bring together their respective expertise to jointly pursue the growing number of subsea projects to provide construction, diving, ROV and other services to the offshore energy industry. The Toisa Paladin is currently working on its first project in Malaysia. Cal Dive also announced that it has entered into a three-year frame agreement with a major international oil and gas operator under which it expects to keep the Toisa Paladin utilized through the end of the year. Quinn Hébert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Dive, stated, “We are pleased to announce our alliance with Fugro and the charter of the Toisa Paladin. We have a long and successful relationship with Fugro and are expecting big things from this new venture. They are a world class organization and the Toisa Paladin is a world class vessel. This expands our capabilities and service offering to our client base and fuels our growth plans in Australia and other international markets.” Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides an integrated offshore construction solution to its customers, including manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and platform salvage services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, with a diversified fleet of surface and saturation diving support vessels and construction barges.
Fugro TSM, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia and responsible for managing Fugro’s contribution to the alliance, is a subsea contractor offering a range of services to the oil and gas and marine industries. Operating globally they provide an integrated service to customers providing dynamically positioned vessels, subsea equipment, personnel, engineering and innovation to deliver unique subsea solutions in intervention, construction, decommissioning and abandonment.This press release may include “forward-looking” statements that are generally identifiable through the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project” and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new information or events as they occur. These statements are based on a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual future results may differ materially due to a variety of factors, including intense competition in the Company’s industry, the operational risks inherent in the Company’s business, and other risks detailed in the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.