All SIU jobs and the union contract remain in place following the recent acquisition of Jones Act carrier U.S. Shipping Corp. (USSC) by SEACOR Holdings.
SEACOR announced the transaction’s completion Aug. 13.
“Nothing changes as far as we’re concerned,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “It’s business as usual, with all SIU jobs maintained and our collective bargaining agreement intact.”
The acquisition includes the SIU-crewed tankers Chemical Pioneer and Houston, and the SIU-crewed articulated tug-barge units Corpus Christi/Petrochem Supplier, Brownsville/Petrochem Trader, Freeport/ Chemical Transporter, and Galveston/Petrochem Producer.
“We welcome the USSC team into the growing SEACOR family and look forward to their continued success,” said Eric Fabrikant, chief executive officer of SEACOR.
“Combining these two fleets and operating teams will provide our respective customers with enhanced flexibility, best-in-class equipment, and excellent service well into the future,” said Dan Thorogood, chief executive officer of SIU-contracted Seabulk, which is a SEACOR subsidiary.
Albert Bergeron, former chief executive officer of USSC, stated, “We believe that this transaction will provide our existing customers, in particular those moving chemical parcels, with access to an expanded, modern, and highly capable fleet of vessels and an operations team with a proven dedication to safety and customer service.”