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    Tidewater announces sale of 14 offshore tugs

    News // August 14, 2006

    Tidewater in the US has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Crosby Marine Transportation to sell 14 of its offshore tugs, 12 of which currently constitute Tidewater's total domestic fleet of offshore tugs.

    In addition, two tugs scheduled to return from international assignments in the Middle East are included in the transaction.

    The sale of 10 of the tugs is expected to close by the end of August, with the sale on the other four vessels scheduled to close over the next four months as current charter contracts to which the four tugs are subject expire.

    The combined cash sales proceeds of US$44.8 million will result in an estimated pre-tax financial gain of approximately US$34 million, or US$22 million after tax, or US$.38 per common share, and the sale should have a negligible effect on future earnings capacity.

    Dean E Taylor, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said: "We believe that our ongoing efforts to sell our non-core assets and reinvest proceeds into newer core fleet assets or the repurchase of Tidewater stock should return significant value added for our stockholders. This type of transaction along with our strong balance sheet and borrowing capacity allows us total flexibility in pursuing future attractive investment opportunity that arises."

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