A few years ago no-one in
Europe knew much about Seacor, apart from the fact that they were
ship-owners. In Europe they purchased
both Smit-Lloyd and Stirling and operated a fleet of over 20 ships in the
US Gulf. They also owned the former French company Fish. It is sometimes
difficult to identify the fleet, because, in a manner similar to Tidewater
they do not bother to change the names of the vessels.
In February 2005 they sold their UK based
fleet to Havila - though retained ownership of Boston Putford and also in
2005 they combined with Seabulk. Over the years they
have pretty well disposed of all the old ships, and now
operate a modern fleet of anchor-handlers and platform
ships and well as a large number of crew boats of
innovative types. Of course just to try to keep things
within bounds we do not feature crew boats on this site.
Seacor used to be known in America for their innovative approach to deepwater
anchor-handling and Milt Rose their President gave a paper at the 1999
Offshore Support Vessel conference in Southampton on that topic. Of course
things have moved on and now there is all sorts of
expertise involved in deep water work, and one assumes
that anyone can now anchor a rig in 10,000 feet of
The vessels listed here are
from the current fleet. Boston Putford has its own page,
over time we might gradually populate the disposals
column. It may also be that Seacor own ships which are
bareboated to others, and it may be that they could be
included on other people's pages.
In the 2012 review it is
evident that there have been some purchases, but more
disposals. It may be that some of the disposals have
been sent to the Uk to become part of the Boston Putford
fleet. Also several ships were photographed in South
American waters, but so far we have not found a means of
separating the fleets. Updated 28/2/12
At the 2013 review the
company appear to have discarded a small number of ships
and purchased two. It is alweays possible that at least
some of the discarded vessels will have found their way
into the Boston Putford standby vessel fleet.
Updated 22nd October 2013.