NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HC2 Holdings, Inc. ("HC2") (NYSE MKT:HCHC), a diversified holding company, announced today that Global Marine Systems Limited ("Global Marine"), the world leader in subsea cable system design, installation and maintenance, and an operating subsidiary of HC2, has been awarded the renewal of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA), alongside its Atlantic partner for maintenance services, Orange Marine.  The new contract began January 1, 2017, and runs for five years, through to December 2021.

"The extension of the ACMA contract demonstrates the considerable value Global Marine's steady maintenance business delivers to HC2 and its shareholders," said Philip Falcone, HC2's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.  "Through Global Marine, we play an important role in ensuring that communications and power continue to flow smoothly across a vast region of ocean."

ACMA is a non-profit cooperative subsea maintenance agreement consisting of 60+ members. ACMA members are companies responsible for the operations and maintenance of undersea communications and power cables, as well as Oil & Gas Platform operators, in the Atlantic, North Sea and Southeastern Pacific Ocean.  Global Marine has delivered maintenance services across the Atlantic since the first cable was laid in the 19th century and has been a key supporter of ACMA since its inception in 1965.  Global Marine currently delivers maintenance support in three of the six zone agreements globally.

Global Marine's dedicated maintenance vessels, the Wave Sentinel and Pacific Guardian, will be servicing ACMA17 from their respective bases in Portland, UK and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.  Both vessels are fitted with powerful remotely operated vehicles, the Atlas and ST200 series respectively, which offer flexible, effective solutions for monitoring, cutting and burying cable.

Global Marine has played a pioneering role in the development of undersea cable repair and maintenance solutions for well over a century, having performed approximately 33 percent of all maintenance operations on fiber optic cables globally.  The Company is a founding and current member of the Universal Joint Consortium, an international cross-industry body supporting the manufacturers and consumers of Universal Joint and Universal Coupling technology.  Global Marine remains at the forefront of this vital part of the industry through its well-renowned training school utilized by many of the key telecom installation and maintenance companies and cable manufacturers around the world.

"We appreciate the confidence placed in us by the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement members and look forward to ensuring that their cables are effectively protected," said John Walters, Maintenance Director, Global Marine. "The resilience of communication networks throughout the Atlantic and Western South America is critically important to companies and consumers alike, and Global Marine is proud to again be of service to maintain these vital connections."

Mr. Walters continued, "The contract award is again a vote of confidence in the zone model, where quality of service and vessel availability are the priority of customers and the service provider, and where members are able to participate in the development of the service offering for the future."

"We trust the Global Marine and Orange Marine solution," said Alasdair Wilkie, Chairman, ACMA.  "Over decades, the two companies have repeatedly demonstrated their pedigree and experience in this highly specialized area."

About HC2

HC2 Holdings, Inc. is a publicly traded (NYSE MKT:HCHC) diversified holding company, which seeks opportunities to acquire and grow businesses that can generate long-term sustainable free cash flow and attractive returns in order to maximize value for all stakeholders. HC2 has a diverse array of operating subsidiaries across seven reportable segments, including Manufacturing, Marine Services, Utilities, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Insurance and Other. HC2's largest operating subsidiaries include DBM Global Inc., a family of companies providing fully integrated structural and steel construction services, and Global Marine Systems Limited, a leading provider of engineering and underwater services on submarine cables. Founded in 1994, HC2 is headquartered in New York, New York.

Learn more about HC2 and its portfolio companies at www.hc2.com.

About Global Marine Systems

Global Marine Systems Limited, an operating subsidiary of HC2 Holdings, Inc., is a leading provider of engineering and underwater services, responding to the subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements of its customers around the world.  With a fleet of vessels and specialized subsea trenching and burial equipment, the company has a 165-year legacy in deep and shallow water cable operations. 

Global Marine's primary markets include telecommunications, renewable energy and power, oil and gas, as well as deep sea research.  Global Marine holds the RoSPA Order of Distinction in recognition of 17 consecutive years of outstanding occupational health and safety results.  Global Marine has two longstanding joint ventures in China, S.B. Submarine Systems and Huawei Marine Networks, and acquired the offshore renewables specialist CWind in 2016. For more information on Global Marine, please visit our website at www.globalmarinesystems.com

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