Tidewater Signs Construction Contract

Tidewater Inc. has entered into a $45 million construction contract with Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC for the construction of four offshore supply vessels. The high performance, high capacity 207-foot platform supply vessels will be delivered during the period beginning in October 2003 and ending in May 2004. Prior to entering into the contract, Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger, chairman and C.E.O. of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., resigned from his position as a director of Tidewater.

Dean Taylor, C.E.O. and president of Tidewater, commented, "It is with mixed emotions that we are making these announcements. We are delighted that Tidewater is moving forward with its program of vessel replacement for our core fleet with vessels capable of operating on a worldwide basis. However, given the magnitude and term of this contract, Boysie's resignation from Tidewater's Board was a matter of good corporate governance policy and in the best interest of all parties. His long time counsel and advice, as well as his great industry experience, will be missed."

Boysie Bollinger, chairman and C.E.O. of Bollinger, commented, "I am very pleased that Tidewater has shown the confidence in our design and capabilities to include us in this major newbuild program. The Tidewater-Bollinger relationship dates back to Tidewater's very formation, and we are pleased to continue that by delivering this new generation of vessels, which will carry them into the future. My resignation as a member of Tidewater's Board of Directors is not without regrets; it has been a wonderful experience, however, it was the appropriate step to take. I will miss my involvement with this group and wish them continued great success in the future."


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