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June 9, 2009

Bee Mar enters PSV market

Van C. DeWitt, former President of Sea Mar, is now heading a newly formed marine transportation company, Bee Mar LLC, as President and CEO. The company is to introduce a fleet of state of the art, environmentally friendly DP-2 Platform Supply Vessels (PSV's) in the Gulf of Mexico and international markets.

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The Bee Mar newbuild fleet will consist of five 210 ft and three 234 ft ABS classed DP-2 PSV's, currently under construction at the Lockport, Louisiana shipyard of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.

Each vessel has high cargo carrying capacities and meets or exceeds the customer requirements and demands for offshore marine support applications.

The 210 ft x 56 ft x 18 ft vessels will have a cargo capacity of 2,700 LT, a clear deck measuring 150 ft x 47 ft, 6,300 barrels of liquid mud capacity and 6,000 cu. ft. of dry bulk capacity. The vessels are rated at 4,000 BHP.

The first two vessels, M/V Busy Bee and M/V Worker Bee, will be delivered by late this month for service in the Gulf of Mexico, with a sister ship being delivered every 60 days thereafter.

The first of three 234 ft x 56 ft x 18 ft PSV's, with 3,000 LT of cargo capacity, is set for delivery from Bollinger in March 2010, with two additional vessels to be delivered within the third quarter of 2010. The clear deck on this class of vessel --essentially a stretched version of the 210 ft design will be 175 ft x 47 ft, with 9,000 barrels of liquid mud capacity and 6,000 cu. ft. of dry bulk capacity.

Bee Mar says its fleet will be equally at home supporting deepwater oil drilling and production, deep shelf E & P operations, offshore and sub-sea construction, in addition to providing geophysical/seismic, and special well service support.

"The technical design, station keeping and cargo capabilities of the new Bee Mar fleet are responsive to the demanding service requirements here in the Gulf of Mexico and in the global marketplace," noted Mr. DeWitt.

Bee Mar LLC is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Houston. An operations office will also be opening soon in the Lafayette, Louisiana area.


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