As part of our commitment to quality and safety, we have pursued on a voluntary basis and have received certifications and classifications that are not generally held by other companies in our industry.
We are one of a few OSV companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico that is approved under the U.S. Coast Guard's Streamlined Inspection Program in which we and the Coast Guard cooperate to develop training, inspection and compliance processes, with our personnel conducting periodic examinations of vessel systems and taking corrective actions where necessary.
All of our OSVs are either fully SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) certified or SOLAS ready. SOLAS is the international convention that regulates the technical characteristics of vessels for purposes of ensuring international standards of safety for vessels engaged in commerce between international ports.
Our principal office location in Covington, Louisiana and all of our
OSVs and AHTSV's are certified under the International Safety Management (ISM)
Code (except for the acquired vessels from the Sea Mar fleet that are not
certified under SOLAS), developed by the International Maritime
Organization to provide internationally recognized standards for the safe
management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.
Our OSVs are classed by the American Bureau of Shipping, which develops
and verifies standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance
of vessels and facilities. We believe that our numerous industry certifications
are a competitive advantage given that safety is an increasingly important
consideration for oil and gas operators due to the environmental and regulatory
sensitivity associated with offshore drilling and production activity.