P&O Maritime Announces Acquisition of Repasa

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Dubai, UAE, 11 September, 2014 (STAT):- P&O Maritime announced  the acquisition of a  majority stake in Remolcadores de Puerto y Altura S.A. (Repasa), a Spanish operator of  offshore support vessels for the energy industry, to form a new joint venture company under  the P&O Maritime brand.

Headquartered in the Port of Tarragona, family-owned Repasa provides marine support  services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a modern fleet of twelve tugs (Anchor Handling and Azimuth Stern Drive AHT/ASD vessels). The company was  recently awarded a long term contract in Equatorial Guinea to support the LNG tanker  berthing/unberthing operations at Punta Europa Terminal.

Through the new joint venture, P&O Maritime expands its global geographic presence to  include the Mediterranean and West African markets, and enhances its capabilities and  experience in LNG offshore operations.

The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

Rado Antalovic, Managing Director of P&O Maritime, said: “We have identified the LNG  marine sector as one of our core businesses that will help us expand in the future.  Independent studies indicate the LNG market is set to double in size worldwide by 2020 and  we are confident we can deliver strong long term sustainable growth. We are delighted with the transaction and are working with Repasa management and employees to ensure a  smooth integration.”

Iñigo García, Managing Director of Repasa, said: “This transaction represents a  tremendous opportunity for Repasa and will deliver significant incremental growth. With over  30 years’ experience we have built a strong position in the Mediterranean, the North Sea and  West Africa with modern vessels working in challenging conditions. This partnership is  recognition of the strategy, focus and competence provided by our staff across the fleet and  onshore. We are extremely happy to join the P&O Maritime family.” P&O Maritime is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai-based global marine terminal operator DP World.

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