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    Seacor Marine christens first CrewZer crewboat

    Vessel & ROV News // April 4, 2008

    Seacor Marine christened its first CrewZer class crewboat, Seacor Cheetah, in Galveston, Texas, earlier this week.

    Joyce McCall, wife of nearly 50 years to offshore industry pioneer Norman McCall, acted as the vessel's sponsor in recognition of her life-long contribution to the McCall legacy.

    Seacor Cheetah was designed to provide customers with a faster and more stable delivery platform than the industry standard.

    After examining various hull types, Seacor chose a catamaran hullform for its ability to reach top speeds in excess of 40 knots while increasing passenger comfort and safety.

    Said the company: "Seacor Cheetah enables logistics managers to establish efficient loop-style routes between high-traffic platforms and shore-base operations. Following an evaluation of several personnel transfer methods, Seacor selected Reflex Marine to develop the 9-person FROG personnel transfer system for use with the vessel."

    Built at Gulf Craft shipyard, Seacor Cheetah is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, communications and navigation systems. the crewboat's DP 2 rating, combined with its broad, stable work deck allows the vessel to hold station in weather conditions where other vessels simply could not work, claimed seacor.

    "We believe Seacor Cheetah represents a truly innovative addition to Seacor's crewboat fleet and a culmination of a sustained period of pioneering development," remarked Robert Clemons, Vice President, Seacor Marine.

    "Today's Christening is testimony to the tremendous success of the growth and modernization of our fleet, and I believe it is a positive reflection upon the men and women who make up the Seacor Marine team across the globe."


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