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    Hercules Offshore acquires liftboat fleet from Danos & Curole

    News // November 9, 2005

    Hercules Offshore in the US, the well known jack-up drilling and liftboat contractor, has completed the acquisition of a fleet of eight liftboats from Danos & Curole Marine Contractors for US$44 million.

    Three of the liftboats have leg lengths ranging from 130-230ft and are located in the Gulf of Mexico. These liftboats are currently operating under short-term contracts. A fourth liftboat located in the Gulf of Mexico was damaged during Hurricane Katrina and its condition is being evaluated.

    The remaining four liftboats, which have leg lengths ranging from 130-170ft, are currently operating in Nigeria. Danos & Curole will continue to operate these four vessels under an operating agreement until Hercules has established its own operations in Nigeria. This operating agreement expires in September 2006, and can be terminated earlier by Hercules upon 30 days' notice to Danos & Curole.

    If the vessel damaged in Hurricane Katrina is determined to be a constructive total loss, the purchase price will be reduced by the amount of insurance proceeds Danos & Curole recovers.

    However, if the vessel can be repaired, Danos & Curole will conduct the repairs and Hercules will pay a portion of the salvage cost and reimburse any deductible amounts Danos & Curole is responsible for under its insurance policies covering the vessel.

    Danos & Curole would deliver the vessel to Hercules upon completion of repairs without payment of any additional consideration.

    Randy Stilley, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore, said: "We are extremely pleased to acquire this high quality fleet of liftboats. The addition of the Danos & Curole fleet is consistent with our strategy of acquiring liftboat assets and expanding our operations into international markets."

     

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